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Labour Party Visit To Caithness Hears About Third Sector and Health Issues From CHAT

2nd May 2019

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A visit of the Labour Party Leader in Scotland Richard Leonard MSP accompanied by Rhoda Grant MSP heard from the third sector and Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) about problems arising to the community from changes to health provision and wide range of topics.

Roger Saxon the local Labour party organiser and Alan Tait from Caithness Voluntary Group facilitated the meeting at the Pulteney Centre in Wick.

Bill Fernie CHAT chairman and Ron Gunn, CHAR vice-chairman set out some of the problems for people in the county in respect of health issues while Catherine Patterson spoke about Befrienders and the need for assistance.

lain Gregory of Caithness CAB set out some of the problems faced by particularly low income families in the community and agreed with CHAT regarding travel to Raigmore for health problems. Arising from the conversations with the Labour Leader Richard Leonard was the fact that some people do not take up appointments for Raigmore sure to distance and cost. This is another hidden area of deprivations for some people in the far north. Ian Gregory regularly writes in the John O'Groat Journal and has column blog on the local CAB web site

The Labour Leader now joins a growing number of politicians being told about the problems in the north faced by long distance travel for services.

Ron Gunn, Bill Fernie and Maria Aitken from CHAT also visited the meeting of the annual review of NHS Highland last week andmade several points on maternity and other issues facing people in the north.

CHAT has further coverage in the John O'Groat Journal web site

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Includes Labour Leader Richard Leonard MSP, Rhoda Grant MSP, Bill Fernie CHAT chairman, Ron Gun CHAT Vice-chairman Roger Saxon, Vice chair, Caithness, Sutherand and Ross Labour constituancy Labour organiser. Cheryl Macdoanld Chair of Caithness, Sutherland and Ross constituency

 

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