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."
Kirsty Blackman: “I don’t think most folk in their daily lives give two hoots about whether Scotland is a member of the union. The constitutional issues are not the biggest concern for an awful lot of people and, in fact, I very rarely talk about Scottish independence in the chamber, because I talk about things that matter to the people of Aberdeen."
It is being reported that Serena Cowdy, the woman allegedly involved in a love triangle with Stewart Hosie and SNP MP Angus MacNeil, is to marry Hosie after a Christmas proposal.
Serena Cowdy, 36, reportedly had affairs with MacNeil and Hosie - which led to both mens marriages coming to an end. Stewart Hosie was married to Shona Robison.
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