Date: Wednesday 7 May 2008
UNISON urges wider investigation into Western Isles Health Board
UNISON, the health service union, today urged Health Secretary
Nicola Sturgeon to order a wider investigation into Western Isles
Health Board, following Tuesday's Scottish Parliament Audit Committee
Mairi Murray, Western Isles health branch Vice-Chairperson, said:
"The report's acknowledgement that there was a delay in the Scottish
Health Department's intervention vindicates UNISON's and the other
staff trade union's position over the vote of no confidence in the
former Chief Executive, Board Chairperson and Medical Director."
UNISON and partner staff unions have consistently called for a
wider investigation into the management of the Board under the former
Chief Executive's 'regime'. The union therefore welcomes the Audit
Committee's view that a wider investigation should take place and
will be writing to Nicola Sturgeon to call for one to be set up.
UNISON believes that a wider investigation will call to account
the former management regime and at long last draw a line under
a very unhappy time for the staff of the Board and indeed, the wider
community of the western Isles.
Mairi Murray said: "Some of our members feel that they remain under
the cloud of the flawed 'Cook' report and a wider investigation
would be welcomed in seeking to clear their names."
For further information please contact: Mairi Murray, Vice
Chair, Western Isles Health Branch, 01851 708296 (w) Ken Matthews,
Regional Organiser, UNISON, 01463 715891 (w), 07904 342061 (m),
Notes to editors UNISON represents members employed within
the Board as nurses, professionals allied to health, administration
and support roles, maintenance and technical staff.
UNISON was a signatory to the vote of no confidence in the former
Chief Executive, Board Chairperson and Medical Director.