General secretary set to visit North Wales hospital

Visit will see talks over UNISON’s innovative staff listening exercise, plus dedication of two branch office rooms

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis will visit UNISON’s North Wales Health Branch and Deeside Hospital today, meeting with staff and the chair and vice-chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board.

Mr Prentis will name two rooms in the UNISON branch premises on Abergele Business Park in honour of former UNISON Cymru Wales activists Clwyd Kelly and Peter Wood.

Later, he has been invited to speak with health directors Dr Peter Higson and Margaret Hanson following UNISON’s ground-breaking staff listening exercise at the Betsi Cadwaladr hospitals.

In the evening, he will attend the branch’s AGM at the St David’s Hotel where a military wives choir will provide entertainment.

UNISON North Wales Health branch secretary Jan Tomlinson said: “We are proud that our general secretary has taken time out of his busy schedule to attend our AGM and, importantly, he will dedicate two rooms in our office to sadly missed colleagues.

“Clwyd Kelly and Peter Wood worked for many years for UNISON members. We honour their commitment and voluntary service to UNISON in North Wales.”

UNISON Cymru Wales regional secretary Margaret Thomas commented: “The visit of UNISON’s general secretary today is a tribute to hard work of this proactive branch.

“2015 was a very challenging year for the Betsi Cadwaladr hospitals and staff; branch officers and regional organiser Donna Hutton have ensured that UNISON is at the forefront in pushing for positive change in the health board’s operation to create a better environment for patients and staff alike.”