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UNISON reponse to media coverage at QEUH

UNISON Reacts to removal of drinking water fountains

In response to the frequent high profile reports in the media of issues at the QEUH, our Assistant Branch Secretary Frances Carmichael has made the following statement:


“The trade unions are working with management to support the staff as much as possible but the constant media attention and political football is having a significant impact on staff morale.


“Our staff work very hard to deliver the best care they can to patients as that is first and foremost their priority but when you wake up every morning to another report in the media or the politicians using their place of work to score points against each other it makes their job even harder to reassure their patients that they are safe to come into the hospital.”


Frances added, “There is a lot of good work going on with great outcomes for patients and we need to get that message out there.”

Matt McLaughlin UNISON Regional Organiser, has contacted the director of estates for clarity on the current drinking water situation. Below is a copy of the email. We will update members when we receive a response:


Dear Tom,


I have received a significant number of contacts from UNISON members and activists concerning the Boards decision to remove drinking water coolers from the workplace, on the basis that the ‘tap’ in these coolers represents a risk to health from infection control and the nature of stored, uncirculated water similarly presents risks to health.


Further we expect that NHSGGC will work with UNISON to identify areas where water is safe but not palatable to ensure a sensible outcome.


I look forward to hearing from you.


Matt McLaughlin

UNISON Scotland