Finnie Calls on Scottish Government to Continue Improved Terms and Conditions Dialogue

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Thursday October 5 2017

Highlands and Islands MSP, John Finnie, has called for the Scottish Government to respond positively to NHS Highland’s request to consider ‘sign-on recruitment incentives.’

The senior medical practitioners who petitioned NHS Highland over their concerns about a shortage of radiologists called for the implementation of ‘improved terms and conditions to help recruit and also retain the local workforce.’

During a Scottish Parliament debate last night (04/10/2017) on the issue, Finnie encouraged the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robison, to consider the proposal which NHS Highland believe may help recruit and retain the local workforce during the debate on radiologists in NHS Highland.

Following the debate Mr Finnie said:

“There is a particular problem with retention and recruitment of staff in Highland and it is important that, without intruding on national collective bargaining, the Scottish Government consider all options to improve the current situation.

“I welcome the suggestion from NHS Highland that the implementation of improved terms and conditions of service may have an important part to play in encouraging medical professionals to move to the Highlands and I hope the Cabinet Secretary will give due consideration to this proposal and keep talking.”



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