Caithness Health Action Team Gets £1000 Boost To Funds From Wick Community Council
5th April 2017
Chairman of Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT), Bill Fernie received a big boost to the CHAT funds from Wick Community council when they handed over a cheque for £1000 to help with campaigning about Health related issues in Caithness.
Bill said,"The funds coming in show that we have a huge amount of support for our campaigns with the community making sure we can do things to highlight concerns at reductions across our services for health and the discomfort caused to mothers and families who need to travel to Raigmore. On behalf of CHAT I thanked the Wick Community Council members for their support. Community council members said they would actively continue to support CHAT with funds if required in the future."
"The pressures on ambulance services in recent times also highlights why we need to watch what is happening. Similarly the Dunbar Hospital in Thurso looks likely to see major changes in the near future. The SNP government is at the heart of driving these changes with NHS Highland looking to make savings of £100million over 3 years. CHAT will be focusing on how we approach Scottish government to highlight our concerns at such big reduction across the north to health services."
"This is reminiscent of the North Action Group (NAG) campaign of which I was member when the local community donated a huge amount in funding to support our campaign on the issue of maternity and it is obvious that Caithness folk are willing to to do anything necessary to help fight to maintain decent health services in the county.
"I find it hard to believe that in 2003 and 2004 I was involved as press officer with the North Action Group campaign along with many others taking our arguments to the then Labour minister Malcolm Chisholm and that here we are again fighting a new battle on health with an SNP government in charge. The late George Bruce who was chairman NAG said after we eventually won our case to retain services that NHS Highland would one day be back to try again and he was right. Of course things a have changed - not least the financial situation all public services are having to deal with as the banking crisis continues to affect us all. However the north cannot sit idly by while we are asked to reduce services and make long trips to get treatment for more and more. CHAT will fight on - thanks to all our supporters."
"I would also like to thank the members of CHAT and especially our secretary Nicola Sinclair who founded the group and works tirelessly doing research, arranging meetings and the many things that make group function with a growing list of activities. Nicola is also standing as an Independent candidate in the Wick and East Caithness ward and I wish her success in her campaign."
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A candlelit vigil in support of the hospital and staff is to be held on Thursday 26th October 2017 at the hospital - bring candles or torches. Starts at 6.30pm and will not last long.
Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) have now put the 100 Mile Helper Kits together and wil shortly be distrubiting them to Hositals and GP practices. The 100 Mile Helper kits are good to go! First batches going to hospitals today.
Rev. John Nugent the minister at St Fergus Church handed over £794 from the Wedding Dresses display by the ladies at St Fergus Church, Wick.
The ladies of St Fergus church rallied round to help Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) with yet another fund raiser. Each year they choose a cause to support either abroad or local This year they decide to help CHAT in their efforts to stop continued reduction in local health services by NHS Highland.
Saturday 7th October 10.30am - 3.30pm Call in to see the display and support CHAT..
Maureen and Gordon Doull from Wick have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Mackays Hotel and asked their guests to make donations to Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) as they are so concerned at what is happening to health services in Caithness. The couple handed over a £750 to Bill Fernie, chairman of CHAT and founder member Councillor Nicola Sinclair.
Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) has gathered 2,410 postcards from members of the public protesting the centralisation of health services under NHS Highland. The postcards carry the slogan ‘100 miles too far' in reference to the 100 mile journey patients frequently have to travel to receive basic care.
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.
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