- Alfie Baron
Doctor Brooks is categorically disputing the leaflet's claims. The leaflet promotes the SNP's health record and lists initiatives they have taken.
The leaflet also has a photograph and description of Dr Brooks and states: “The group’s formation is supported by the Scottish Government and is considered a major step forward in improving the care and safety of Caithness, Maternity and Neonatal Services.”
Doctor Brooks has made the following statement:
“He used my photo because I’m the chair of maternity and gynae review group up here and he has put comments that the Scottish Government supports the formation of this group. They had absolutely nothing to do with the formation of the group...absolutely zero. They didn’t even know it was started.Doctor Brooks is a Deputy Lieutenant in Caithness, an appointment made by the Queen’s local representative and which requires political neutrality.
“It is making suggestions that the SNP or the Scottish Government have somehow have some involvement in the health issues in the north, which they definitely haven’t.
“I was very, very upset about appearing in it. I have never spoken to the man. He has no right to put it there. It obviously suggests an allegiance with the SNP party which I would not wish. It is a misrepresentation of me.”
Doctor Brooks continued:
“It is really important that I have no public allegiance to any party. So that was the cause of a great deal of embarrassment to me as well."