Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) At Scottish Parliament
9th February 2018
Five members of CHAT formed the delegation to meet with the health minister Shona Robison on Wednesday 7th February 2018.
The team from CHAT each took different elements of health concerns in Caithness to present to those present. Much to the surprise to CHAT the meeting had grown somewhat. The minister had invited a few others to listen including all the Highland MSP's (only Rhoda Grant and Gail Ross were actually present with Edward Mountain left feeling it had been orchestrated to keep him out as he had to chair a major committee meeting that morning. Also present were David Alston chairman of NHS Highland and Elaine Mead the Chief executive of NHS Highland.
The CHAT team and topics were -
Brief Introduction by Bill Fernie Chairman of CHAT
Maternity Issues - Councillor Nicola Sinclair
Paediatric Concerns -Teacher/Early Years Education Support Officer /North- Maria Aitken
Dunbar Hospital-Ron Gunn-Vice Chair of CHAT
Town and County Hospital -Professor Iain Baikie-Vice Chair of CHAT
Ron Gunn-Short Video clip from member of public
Chair Bill Fernie to conclude our representations.
The presentations took about 40 minutes to deliver and there was virtually no discussion at that point as Bill had asked that this wait until the end as the meting was scheduled to last only 45 minutes. In the end it last longer.
The delivery from the CHAT team was forceful and backed up by facts and information. The scene was set form the outset by Bill Fernie asking that the minister suspend the board in the light of information to be revealed and handed over. CHAT had begun to place the presentations on their Facebook page with Maria Aitken's presentation is already on. Ron Gunn and Iain Baikie's will follow over the next few days and finally next week the maternity arguments will be put online with some very revealing and shocking items on maternity unknown to CHAT or the wider public until now.
Following the meeting the minister agreed to speak to the CHAT team in private and 10 minutes extended to half an hour.
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Caithness Health Action Team would like to give our sincere thanks to this fantastic team who have raised a significant amount for us £1,765 .This money will be used to help our community. They have cycled a distance of 874 miles equivalent of John o Groats to Lands end journey.
Caithness Health Action Team along with the League of Friends for Caithness General hospital wanted to help patients and staff in our local Caithness hospitals. We contacted NHSH and agreed that providing high quality Samsung tablets ,with protective wipe able covers would be an excellent way to help ,especially as at the moment there is currently no visiting allowed due to the pandemic.
When Bruce de Wert of Georgesons Solicitors heard of the distress of new Mums having to drive back from Inverness with their newborn in danger, he knew he had to do something. The problem is that newborns cannot sit in car seats without compressing their lungs and it is a long way from Inverness to Caithness! And, so, he announced that this year the charity for Wills Week would be CHAT who provide lie flat car seats for for newborn babies.
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