We have a proud history of activism. Key resources from our past have been archived by our members, to show how we have always led the fight for a free and fair health service.


Our considerable concerns regarding the controversial digital service GP at Hand are raised in this GP online article from November 2019.

Our press release regarding the 2019 junior doctors contract is available on the Unite website.

In January 2019 we submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Digital Government inquiry.

In 2017 we gave evidence to the House of Lords’ Select Committee on the long term sustainability of the NHS.

The junior doctor contract disputes of 2015 are discussed by Ron Singer, our then Chair, in this article in Pulse.

The House of Commons Health Select Committee hearing on NHS commissioning received written evidence from our union in 2011.

Our Vice President Steve Watkins continues to make the case for universal basic income as a solution to poverty and ill health. His standout 2010 paper can be read here.

A collection of records detailing the history of the Medical Practitioners Union From 1919 to 1971 is available online from the University of Warwick.


Public Health and Primary Care. May 2020.

Towards a Socialist Vision for General Practice and Public Health and Primary Care: a policy document summary by Dr Jackie Applebee. 17th August 2019.

Our Vision for the NHS. June 2017.

Glennerster, H., Cohen, A. and Bovell, V. (1998). Alternatives to FundholdingInternational Journal of Health Services, 28(1), pp.47-66.

In 1989 the government white paper Working for Patients was published, recommending sweeping changes to NHS structures.

Vickers, M. (1981). Medical manpower and the career structure: a new approachBMJ, 282(6279), pp.1854-1857.