NHS staff in Wales receive advice on accessing food banks

Hugh McDyer, health officer at the Unison Cymru Wales union, told the BBC the content of the email was “no surprise”.

He added that while the post may have been ‘well-meaning’, it was a ‘sad day when our members have to make choices about heating or eating or going to a food bank to make sure their families eat. “.

A NWSSP spokesperson said: “At NWSSP, we recognize the incredible hard work, commitment and dedication that our staff undertake on a daily basis. We are prioritizing and supporting our staff through the cost of living crisis and this is something the NWSSP regularly discusses in partnership with our union colleagues.

“An internal communication on the subject of health and wellbeing was issued to NWSSP staff on July 13, 2022, in response to a series of questions from our staff. This communication contained factual information which directed staff to a number of organizations which provide advice and support, including debt relief, childcare during the summer holidays, free school meals, inexpensive summer vacations and tools and resources to help manage finances. This also included a minor reference on how to access a food bank.

“The communication was not intended to offend, but rather to communicate the wide range of support available to NHS staff, family, friends and contacts.”