Responding to criticisms from Dr Roelf Dijkhuizen in his letter of resignation from his role as Clinical Quality Advisor at NHS Orkney, Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur commented:
“The concerns raised by Dr Dijkhuizen in his resignation letter are extremely serious and will have given rise to understandable anxiety within the local community.
“It is essential, therefore, that immediate action is now taken to fully investigate these allegations so that any failings can be quickly identified and addressed.
“However, any investigation must also be seen to be fair and impartial. Given that Dr Dijkhuizen’s criticisms are directed largely at members of the Executive team and board, it is hard to see how NHS Orkney can simply be left to investigate themselves.
“I have therefore written to the Health Secretary and the Chair of NHS Orkney seeking clarification about how this investigation will be carried out and reinforcing the need for urgency, transparency and independence in the interests of staff, patients and the wider community.”