Date: 25 May 2005
Implement Kerr Report and move health debate on - says UNISON
Scotland's largest healthcare union, UNISON, today called on the
Scottish Executive, local health boards and local people to accept
and implement Professor Kerr's report, on the structure of the NHS
"The status quo is not an option and Professor Kerr's report recognises
that fact", said Jim Devine, UNISON's Scottish Organiser for Health.
"Professor Kerr has listened to the people of Scotland and we should
now listen to him. As Professor Kerr's report highlights, the Scottish
Healthcare system is very different from England. This is quite
right, devolution is about innovation, not imitation.
"We are also pleased that Professor Kerr has ignored the lobbying
for increased private sector involvement in our NHS, and recognised
that Scottish needs and infrastructure require distinctive Scottish
"Therefore we believe that the Kerr Report should be endorsed and
implemented. To achieve that we need two preconditions. Firstly,
a mature Scottish Parliament - meaning that our MSP's must look
at healthcare on a Scotland-wide basis, and not 129 different areas.
Secondly, while we can plan the delivery of services on a regional
or Scottish basis, there should be no restructuring of the NHS for
at least five years to allow stability."
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)