CHAT Will Lobby Councillors In Demo At Wick Town Hall - From 9.20am Tuesday 22 November
21st November 2016
Caithness Health Area Team - CHAT members and supporters will demonstrate outside Wick Town Hall when the Caithness Committee meets on Tuesday 22nd November 2016.
Meeting is open to the public but may be restricted once seats are full.
The group are asking anyone who can manage to gather at Wick Town Hall from 9.20am.
The Caithness committee meeting starts at 10.30 and at present the agenda can be found at -
The idea is to gain support from Caithness Councillors to oppose the downgrading of Caithness Maternity unit following the publication of a report from NHS Highland on Friday 18th November 2016.
CHAT want a full public consultation and to start with a public meeting to raise all the issues surrounding health services in Caithness.
Several of the Caithness councillors area already supporting the objectives of CHAT.
A request by two councillors to have the Issue of Maternity and other services placed on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting has been refused by chairman Roger Saxon.
Councillors who have requested that an emergency item being put on the agenda will challenge the chairman's ruling at the start of the meeting. If the request at the meeting is again refused then a vote of no confidence in the chair may be called for.
CHAT would like a statement of support from all the Caithness councillors for their campaign.
Chairman of CHAT councillor Bill Fernie said,"Some Caithness councillors have already said they support the campaign to retain services in Caithness general and not have them run down and that new solutions should be looked for. CHAT would like a unified stance from all the local councillors against any reductions in services. Many people will recall the North Action Group campaign from 11 years ago and before that the MUMS campaign on the same issue. The issues are essentially the same and so are the arguments for saving what services we have locally and not over 100 miles to the south. We expect to have a long campaign and wil be tackling other politicians at MSP and MP level to put their cards on the table and not hide behind the NHS Highland report that seems to have begun with the answers before it asked for solutions."
NHS Highland report can be found on www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk/
see it at Report into the safety of Caithness maternity services published
CHAT Web site - www.caithnesshealth.org/
CHAT Facebook - www.facebook.com/caithnesshealth/
The Convener of The Highland Council's Caithness Area Committee, Councillor David Flear, has joined the call for health bosses to consider upgrading maternity services at Caithness General Hospital. Councillor Flear intends raising the matter at the next Area Committee meeting on Monday 15 September and expects to send a firmly worded response to the Highland Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, who are currently reviewing maternity services provided in Wick as part of a Scotland-wide review.
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am - possibly throughout the day George Bruce Interviews on Moray Firth Radio News 12:00 Noon Demonstration Begins At Caithness General Hospital 12:01pm Toot Your Horn Campaign Begins Motorist are being asked to toot their horns as they pass the demonstration at Caithness General 12:05pm Professor Calder Team Arrives Wick Airport 12:15pm Press Conference At Wick Airport 12:40pm Professor Calder Team Arrival Expected Caithness General 1:00pm Council Press Conference At Wick Town Hall Area Convenor David Flear will lead the press conference with Jenny Spence, League of Friends, Jamie Stone MSP. George Bruce, Caithness & North Sutherland Health Forum and two mothers.
The visit of Professor Andrew Calder to Wick on Monday 15 December had a big profile as it gained mentions on Moray Firth Radio, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Scotland Television News. Repeat mentions on several news broadcasts are ensuring the issue is highlighted.
Tune in to Moray Firth Radio to hear George Bruce chairman of the Caithness & North Sutherland Health Forum being interviewed about the current Maternity Review to coincide with Professor Calder's visit to Caithness General Hospital. Listen on radio or on the web by going to Moray Firth Radio web site and click on Listen.
A variety of groups that involve young mothers is likely to arrive with pushchairs and prams on Monday. Several groups from around Caithness intend to be represented at the Noon Demonstration with several intending to attend both the noon and 6:00pm demos.
As local feeling continues to rise on the Maternity Services issue in Caithness confirmation has been given that a second demonstration will take place at 6:00pm at Caithness General Hospital on Monday 15th. The first demo will happen to coincide with the arrival of Professor Calder and his team as part of the review.
Posters in Caithness supporting the demonstrations at Caithness General Hospital on Monday 15 December have turned a current Television advertising campaign for flights from Inverness airport on its head. Whilst the TV ad shows how great it is that you can now fly to many places from Inverness the posters bring home the point that few in the north want the same service for delivering babies up to 130 miles away..
Caithness Area Convenor David Flear is receiving the biggest correspondence he has ever received on any topic by a huge margin. Mail is arriving every day by post and email is constantly popping in to add weight to his arguments.
Caithness Convenor David Flear will lead a Highland Council Press Conference at Wick Town Hall on Monday 15th at 1:00pm time in the Wick Town Hall. Councillor Flear will chair the briefing.
Professor Calder is to hold a short press conference at Wick Airport shortly after he arrives. With interest in the visit now coming under intense scrutiny he is likely to face a barrage of questions from reporters.
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