The Scottish government must make an urgent intervention to prevent chronic staff shortages across NHS Grampian services from becoming a full-blown crisis, Unite, Scotland’s biggest trade union, said today (Tuesday 2 December).
The call comes on the same day Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) published 13 key recommendations into patient care standards at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary following a year of strife which has seen staff complaints over shortages sky-rocket and the chief executive and medical director leave their posts.
Unite has tentatively welcomed the HIS report, having worked in partnership with NHS Grampian and the HIS inspectorate to help its delivery, but warned the level of pressure on frontline staff and services is increasingly untenable.
Unite regional industrial officer Tommy Campbell said: “We welcome the HIS report and understand that the necessary steps will be put into place by NHS Grampian to meet all the key recommendations.
“However, the report should prompt the Scottish government into action and we believe financial intervention to alleviate the massive pressures on existing staff across the region is necessary.
“We can take some heart from the manner in which NHS Grampian has worked with the trade unions and our members throughout this process, which should set a precedent for how we move forward together.
“Nonetheless the strain on our members who continue to give 100 per cent commitment to the people of Grampian is untenable and they simply cannot continue to shoulder the burden of these chronic staff shortages.”
For further information please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer Tommy Campbell on 07810 157920.
Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.