Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Call for NHS bullying meeting after MSP questions lack of action

David Stewart MSP
David Stewart MSP

A politician has called for a meeting with the chief executive of NHS Highland to find out its plans for dealing with historical bullying and harassment cases.

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart said he was surprised the board had not asked for extra Scottish Government funding to cope with the number of former employees seeking compensation for how they had been treated.

Mr Stewart, Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, tabled a parliamentary question, which has now been answered by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.

She told him that NHS Highland had not requested funding to set up a compensation scheme, but had “approved the principles underpinning the launch of a healing process for current and former staff.”

Mr Stewart said: “What I cannot understand is that in September, at the Scottish Parliament’s health and sport committee, NHS Highland’s then interim chairman, Professor Boyd Robertson, told me that compensation was being considered.

“We all know the health authority is strapped for cash, so one wonders how it could consider this option without knowing there was another funding stream available?”

Mr Stewart added: “It appears on one hand NHS Highland says it will look at claims for settlement, but publicly it has said those seeking compensation will have to look at legal options such as employment tribunals or civil cases.

“Confused? Yes, the victims are.”

NHS Highland was asked for a response.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]