Monday, 13 December 2010

Campaign Update Day 7

Bothy beside the jetty on a calm day

If the date for the withdrawal of our nurses is 1st February, as we suspect, then we have approximately 30 working days in which to change the NHS' mind.

At present we continue to ask our supporters to lobby our MSPs, list and contact addresses here.
  • Fergus Ewing, our constituency MSP, has written to Roger Gibbins, Chief Executive of NHS Highland, expressing his concern at the decision and asking for a briefing. Many thanks to Mr Ewing for his support.
  • Mary Scanlon, one of our Highland MSPs, has given us her support
  • A briefing document has gone to all MSPs describing the situation in West Ardnamurchan, including the emergency call-out times that will apply if the nurses stop out-of-hour attendance, along with a detailed repudiation of Tracy Ligema's statements to the Press & Journal and Lochaber News.
  • The Sunday Mail carried a story and a picture.
  • Michael Foxley appeared on BBC Alba 's Gaelic News supporting our case.
  • Our petition has gone to the Scottish Parliament. The Public Petitions office is likely to suggest some amendments, so it will take time before it appears on the Scottish Parliament's website as an e-petition which the public can sign.
  • The Action Group met this afternoon to plan strategy. An emergency meeting of West Ardnamurchan Community Council has been called for 8pm on Monday 20th December.
  • A heavy post went out today containing not Christmas presents but letters to Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond. Most areas have now been covered but if any haven't, please let us know.
Please let the WACC Action Committee know if you have a positive response from your MSPs, or if hear or see anything in the media.

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