NHS Highland porters yesterday carried out their duties as normal after threatening to down tools due to ongoing health and safety concerns, as four staff are said to have sustained needle wound injuries when handling clinical waste.
Union chiefs last night voiced fears for the health and safety of NHS Highland porters over the handling of clinical waste - and are threatening to call for strike action after claims workers suffered needle wounds.
The Press and Journal first raised the issue of bullying claims within NHS Highland back in July.
Health chiefs are investigating after almost all of their 10,000-strong workforce were not paid their salary as expected yesterday.
Cash-strapped health chiefs have come under fire for spending almost £9,000 on a security review - but making no changes six months later.
Inverness taxi drivers have threatened strike action after joining ranks with a national trade union - claiming it aims to use its “clout” to take on the “arrogance and contempt” of Highland Council.
Health bosses met hospital security guards yesterday to begin consultation on controversial plans to cut night shift cover at Raigmore in Inverness to just one member of staff.
Highland Council leaders have warned of jobs losses and swingeing cuts to services – on top of a proposed 3% council tax hike – in a bid to deal with a massive £25.8million budget gap.
A controversial proposal to cut security staff working night shifts at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness to just one has been condemned by union chiefs who claim lives of staff and patients would be put at risk.
NHS Highland’s annual bill for private home care has almost doubled to £9million in three years - at a time of unprecedented budgetary pressures.
Industrial action just short of an all-out strike could hit hundreds of patients of a vital care service in the Highlands.