21 April 2003
UNISON CALLS FOR SCOTTISH GUIDANCE ON SEVERE ACUTE RESPORATORY
Scotland's largest health union, UNISON, have today called on trade
unions, professional bodies and the Scottish Health Department to
meet as a matter of urgency and devise a policy for the management
of Severe Acute Resporatory Syndrome here in Scotland.
"UNISON do not want to raise unnecessary alarm but this is a new
and potentially fatal virus," said Jim Devine, UNISON's Scottish
Organiser for Health.
"Our members working in the front line and need advice and guidance.
It is worth remembering that the consultant who first identified
this virus died last week "
Lanarkshire Acute Trust has potentially got the first case of SARS
in Scotland. The lessons learned, including treating the illness,
reassuring staff, relatives and dealing with media need to be shared
with the Scottish Health Service.
"Therefore we are calling on the Scottish Health Department to
convene as a matter of urgency, a meeting of trade unions and professional
bodies to pool resources, information and produce a Scottish strategy
to reassure staff, patients and the people of Scotland."
For further information contact: Jim Devine, Scottish Organiser
(Health) 0845 355 0845(w) 07876 441 239(m)