UNISON comments on Ailsa hospital attack

Serious assault on health worker

Following the serious assault of a female community support worker‎ at Ailsa Hospital in Ayr, UNISON president Gordon McKay, who worked at Ailsa Hospital for many years, said:

“Our first thoughts are for the member of staff and her family. It is shocking that someone who is dedicated to providing high quality healthcare to the people of Scotland should be attacked at work.

“In the longer term serious questions need to be asked and answered by senior management of NHS Ayrshire and Arran over why it would appear they were leading patients, relatives and staff in the hospital to believe that CCTV was operating as a safety measure when they knew it wasn’t.

“Anyone who takes a decision which misleads people about safety matters must be held to account.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

Media contacts:
Trisha Hamilton T: 0141 342 2877 M: 07943 507307 E: t.hamilton@unison.co.uk
Sandra Hunter T: 01563 825759 E: sandra.hunter@aapct.scot.nhs.uk