Strike Action Must Avoid Adversely Affecting Isles Patients, says McArthur

Orkney’s MSP has joined his colleague Tavish Scott MSP in calling for a compromise to be reached so that planned strike action at Aberdeen airport does not adversely affect Isles patients travelling for hospital treatment.

Workers at Aberdeen airport are set to strike for 24 hours on three separate days in the forthcoming weeks. The action is expected to lead to serious travel disruption, including potentially for NHS patients in Orkney and Shetland who have hospital appointments in Aberdeen. 

Commenting on developments, Mr McArthur said:

“While the right to strike is crucially important, I would urge UNITE to consider how any planned action avoids impacting adversely on isles patients in need of specialist hospital treatment in Aberdeen. Even where this can be rescheduled, the delays are likely to cause unnecessary anxiety and stress.

“With many patients from Orkney and Shetland already experiencing long waiting times for treatment, anything that leads to further delays is the last thing anyone wants to see.  

“I hope talks to resolve this dispute prove successful but call on both sides to pay particular attention to the needs of patients using these lifeline services.’  

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