17 January 2019
UNISON CALLS ON NHS HIGHLAND TO DITCH PATIENT CHARGES FOR TV/INTERNET AT RAIGMORE
The contract for TV/internet services for patients at Raigmore is coming to an end in June 2019. UNISON is calling on NHS Highland to ditch these unfair and excessive charges, and find a way to provide the service either free or at the very least at a much reduced cost.
Janette McQuiston, UNISON Branch Secretary said: “This contract coming to an end provides a major opportunity to do away with the excessive charges – as high as £9.90 a day – for TV and internet services.
Patients may well be unable to afford these charges, and we say that the service should be provided free of charge to patients, or at the very least, much cheaper.
We are also asking NHS Highland to explore providing free Wi-Fi access for patients and visitors to the hospital.
Our members are telling us that these charges often provoke comment and difficulties for patients.
We know that the income for this does not go to NHS Highland, but we are calling for an end to this private profit-making at the expense of often vulnerable and elderly NHS patients.”
Janette explained “We have written to the Board Chair David Alston on this, and expect that we can work together to find a solution to this issue. You can also show your support by signing our petition, which is available at:
This morning UNISON along with other health unions met with the Scottish Government to discuss the allegations of bullying within NHS Highland. It was a positive meeting and agreement was reached that an independent review be established.
UNISON also welcomes the fact that a need for additional independent HR support for NHSH was agreed, which will provide additional capacity to investigate new cases of alleged bullying which have been identified.
We were also clear at the meeting that UNISON and other unions need to be involved in terms of our ability to present information to the independent review.
We are also pleased at the fact that it was agreed that the review would proceed "at pace but without haste", in the words of Shirley Rogers from the Scottish Government, and expected to start before Christmas. UNISON looks forward to being involved in the review going forward.
10 July 2018
NHS 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION ACROSS THE GENERATIONS IN ROSS-SHIRE
About 50 people enjoyed a family fun-day run by UNISON to celebrate 70 years of the NHS. The party took place at County Community Hospital in Invergordon on Saturday afternoon – despite a certain football match taking place at the same time!
UNISON’s Vice Chair, Anne Campbell, who organised the event said “It was a great way to mark the NHS 70th birthday. It was a sunny day full of fun, and the free ice cream went down particularly well.”
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UNISON Scotland press release on NHS pay deal
4 July 2018
Help UNISON celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday
Our NHS is 70 years old this month and to celebrate UNISON Highland Healthcare Branch have organised a family fun session in the grounds of County Community Hospital Invergordon. This is free for the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of UNISON members.
Branch Secretary, Janette McQuiston, said “We think it’s really important to celebrate the 70th birthday of this vital public service, which has been a part of all our lives for a long time now, but is very much still alive and kicking! We wanted to celebrate and mark this important anniversary in a fun way. There are UNISON NHS 70th birthday cakes being shared with staff in a number of different wards and hospitals in the NHS Highland area, but we also wanted a focussed event for members and their families. Good weather is guaranteed!”
The fun starts at 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm on Saturday 7 July and we have a great afternoon planned, which will include:
Soft drinks for adults
Tickets are available from Anne.firstname.lastname@example.org or 07818 002374.
Keep your ticket to swap for a free ice cream from the Alness ice cream van.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anne Campbell, UNISON Highland Healthcare Vice Chair. Telephone 07818 002374
UNISON Highland Healthcare, 53 Shore Street, Inverness, IV1 1NF