27 Feb 2003
NHS White Paper - Practical, Pragmatic, Principled
UNISON, Scotland's largest health union has today
welcomed the launch of the Scottish Executive White Paper and have
described it as "practical, pragmatic and principled".
Speaking at the launch in the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh,
Jim Devine, UNISON Scottish Organiser for Health said,
"This White Paper is the next step in the strategy
to create a new healthcare system here in Scotland, a healthcare
systems that is patient and client centred, but one that also appreciates
the contribution of its staff.
"The Scottish Executive have recognised the mistakes
that were made in the past when major reorganisation meant that
the NHS took its eye off the ball and forgot about is main function,
namely patient care.
"This policy paper is further evidence that here
in Scotland we are ending the fragmentation of the Scottish Health
"Devolution is about innovation not imitation.
"The Scottish Executive can be congratulated
for producing a practical, pragmatic and principled policy document."
For Further information contact: Jim Devine, Scottish Organiser
for Health (07876-441-239)