Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Gibson calls for statement from board

News release
Immediate release


Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has called for a statement of support for Wick Maternity Unit following weeks of rumour and speculation.

Mr Gibson has contacted both NHS Highland and the Scottish Government since being contacted himself over concerns that the Unit was to be down graded or closed.

Mr Gibson says he has been satisfied that responses he has received from NHS Highland making it very clear that there is no threat to the future status of the Unit and that it will not be downgraded.

He also received a response from Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon who said that she had been updated on the situation and would be kept up to date.

Mr Gibson said…

"There needs to be a clear and definitive answer from top management at NHS Highland to help dispel these unsubstantiated rumours. From the responses I have received there is no threat. However until an explanation of the situation is explained rumours will continue to run rampant."

"I appreciate the statements from NHS Highland so far which say that this current anomalie has been staffing related. However there needs to be clarity and that needs to come from the from the chairman of the board."


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