| Weds 1 Dec 2004
Key criteria need to be met before Health Service changes should
go ahead - UNISON
UNISON, Scotland's largest healthcare union, today (1 December)
joined the debate on hospital closures and health service changes.
In presenting evidence to the expert group investigating health
service changes chaired by Professor David Kerr, Jim Devine UNISON's
Scottish Organiser for Health will tell the public meeting in Glasgow
at 19.00 hours tonight:
"UNISON recognises that major changes are taking place in the
Scottish Health Service and that the status quo is not an option.
Not only will this change impact on communities, but will also have
a major impact on the staff who are providing quality care throughout
"We think that a set of criteria should be established for all
Health Boards to use when contemplating such changes. Criteria that
proposals can be measured against, and that should underpin any
The ten points should be
* Proposed change to services must be patient/client centred within
the National Health Service.
* Proposed change to services must be evidence based.
* Patient/client safety must be a key consideration in reconfiguration
* An agreed format for public involvement in decision making must
* An agreed format for staff involvement in decision making must
* Proposed service change must be affordable.
* Proposed service change must be sustainable.
* Prior to proposed change evidence must be produced of alternative
provision and resources in place before the change is implemented.
* Proposed change must be accessible to local communities. And
last, but not least,
* Proposed change must be compatible with agreed Scottish strategies
in relation to the specialisation of services, workforce planning,
training and development."
For Further Information Please Contact: Jim Devine, Scottish
Organiser 0845 355 0845(w) 07876 441239(m) Chris Bartter, Communications
Officer, 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)