Date: 29 September 04
Don't tinker with administration, give alternatives
- UNISON challenges MSPs
Scotland's largest healthcare union, UNISON,
today challenged MSP's to stop tinkering with the administration of the NHS and
provide alternatives instead.
"Today's debate in the Scottish Parliament
on the NHS will hopefully provide a platform for an informed debate on the future
direction of the NHS here in Scotland", said Jim Devine, UNISON's Scottish Organiser
"What the NHS does not need is another reorganisation, either
by reducing the number of health boards or directly electing whole health boards.
In my time as a union activist there have been 14 major reorganisations of the
Scottish health service, the last taking place in April of this year when Trusts
were abolished. This restructuring is still percolating throughout the NHS in
"The administration of the NHS needs a period of stability.
welcomes a mature debate on the future of the NHS in which MSPs don't just sloganise
about structures, or indulge in gesture politics by promoting votes of "no confidence"
in the Health Minister, but actually confront the problems that the NHS faces
and provide practical solutions."