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SNP Health Secretary Shona Robison shuns vital NHS Grampian meeting

Unison's Grampian branch has slammed SNP Health Secretary Shona Robinson after she shunned a vital meeting to discuss NHS Grampian's staffing crisis.

Martin McKay, branch secretary, accused the minister of “not caring” about patients and staff.

He said: “These staff work under immense pressure to put their patients first and staff are now at breaking point.

“A decent pay award would show that they do matter and they are valued for the hard work they do.

“However for the government to not care enough for the patients of the north-east to send a government minister to answer questions about staffing numbers being at an all time low, ward closures and waiting time deadlines being missed is unacceptable.”

There was also a Unison demonstration alongside the meeting - where there were demands for better pay for health workers.

The Scottish Government has claimed it has taken significant action to try and address the issues the board is facing - but this didn't seem to warrant attendance by Shona Robison.

A government spokeswoman said: “Our recently published NHS workforce plan also sets out a commitment to delivering around 2,600 additional nursing and midwifery training places by the end of this parliament, as part of a wide-ranging set of measures to support and sustain our workforce."

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