Links 2021

‘Maty’ praised by international charity (24 January 2021)

Health campaigners hope new maternity unit will allow more births in Caithness (6 February 2021)

Plea from north MSPs for 21st century maternity service in Caithness (12 February 2021)

Highlands experiencing a mental health crisis, says MSP Edward Mountain (17 February 2021)

Shadow Conservatives health minister says now is time for ‘rethink’ of services across Highlands and Moray (18 February 2021)

Health chiefs pledge to cut waiting times for far-north women (5 March 2021)

Call for consultant-led maternity services to be restored to Caithness (6 April 2021)

Maree Todd pledge over ‘safe and sustainable services’ after Caithness maternity challenge (7 April 2021)

New unit at Wick hospital will enhance the experiences of mothers-to-be (17 April 2021)

Assurance given by NHS Highland over Caithness General Hospital audiology service (18 April 2021)

Edward Mountain calls for full restoration of maternity services in Caithness (16 June 2021)

Pregnant cows have better safeguards than expectant mothers from Caithness, says local health campaigner (20 June 2021)

North health boss apologises over ‘unsatisfactory’ number of Caithness patients admitted to Inverness psychiatric hospital (23 July 2021)

Health Secretary urged to review Caithness maternity services (23 July 2021)

After five years of pushing for the return of full maternity services in Caithness, are far north mums any closer to making their voices heard? (2 August 2021)

Moray is getting an independent review into maternity services, so why can’t we? (3 August 2021)

The Orkney model: Here’s why Caithness maternity campaigners are asking NHS Highland to copy their northern neighbours (4 August 2021)

End 200-mile round trip to give birth, say Highland mothers (29 August 2021)

‘Join me and see for yourself’: Health secretary invited to experience the journey pregnant Caithness mums are still being forced to make (30 August 2021)

Concern over ‘severe lack of women’s health services’ in Caithness after Scottish Government publishes its Women’s Health Plan (1 September 2021)

Verbal abuse of staff ‘disgraceful’, says Caithness health campaigner (10 September 2021)

NHS Highland blamed for erosion of healthcare in Caithness with ‘centralisation’ to Raigmore (10 September 2021)

Roads and healthcare campaign groups to work together on issues that ‘affect everyone in Caithness’ (10 September 2021)

Caithness is being ‘failed and neglected’ says councillor as he tells of concerns over falling birth rate (14 September 2021)

Maree Todd and Humza Yousaf reject invitation to sample the journey pregnant Caithness mums are forced to make (19 September 2021)

HEALTH MATTERS: NHS Highland north area manager Michelle Johnston on working to serve communities in the best possible way (20 September 2021)

We support and reiterate Mathew Reiss’s concerns about Caithness birth rates that have declined annually since the downgrading of the maternity model for Caithness in November 2016. We will accept nothing less than the maternity model provided to our neighbours in Orkney which meets all of the Best Start Standards. 

‘No significant decline’ in Caithness birth rate, says NHS Highland (20 September 2021)

Caithness health action group to keep fighting for ‘equality and fairness’ after ministers reject MP’s winter road trip invitation (21 September 2021)

NHS Highland bullying payouts: Health board could pay £3.4m after complaints over culture (28 September 2021)

The £3.4 million pay-out to staff bullied at NHS Highland shows the extent of the problem, says Fernie (30 September 2021)

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