Unite campaigners take anti-cuts message to Scottish h...

Unite campaigners take anti-cuts message to Scottish health minister

16 August 2016

Campaigners from the Unite trade union have taken their message against massive NHS Fife cuts direct to the Scottish health minister.

Members of the union lobbied NHS Fife board members at the organisation's annual review, held at the St Andrews University School of Medicine.

The NHS Fife annual review was an opportunity for members of the public to assess the health board’s performance over the past twelve months and consider challenges it faces in the future - including some £30.8 million of cuts to local services proposed for the coming year.

This year’s review was attended by cabinet secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Shona Robison MSP.

John Gillespie, chairman of Unite the union’s Fife area activist committee, said: "We took a very clear message to the annual review - these cuts are going to have a massive impact on everyone in the county and we cannot allow them to go through.

"The health minister needs to urgently step in and take action. The austerity crisis facing our public services might have been initiated in Westminster, but that doesn't mean it has to be handed on to us by Holyrood.

"We were very pleased with the support we got from members of the public during our lobby of the annual review, as well as from University staff and even members of the NHS Fife management. The people of Fife are united against these cuts, and we need the Scottish Government to urgently act now."


For further information, or to an arrange an interview, contact Unite Scotland media officer David Eyre on 07703 755150. Email

Notes to editors:

  • Photographs of Unite’s lobby of the NHS Fife Annual Review can be downloaded from here.