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North Action Group Still Fighting For Maternity Services as Unit Sees 18th Mothers Day

On the first anniversary of our 2004 Mother's Day March the North Action Group are delighted that consultant led maternity & gynaecology services are still being provided in Caithness on a 24hr basis as they have been for many years.

North Action Group members handed over a Mothers Day card at the Maternity Unit of Caithness General Hospital

In the photo are
Back Row - Joanne Murray, Martin Duffy (NAG) Ruth Flockhart
Middle Row - Jennifer Wedderburn and daughter Emma, Aelex Miller (NAG)  and daughter Clarrissa, Jane McIntosh and daughter Erin
Front Row - Kieran Mackenzie, Erin Mackenzie, Katie Gunn and Robbie Gunn.

That these services are still available locally is testimony to people power. The 2004 March with over 2000 people participating gave a clear signal to NHS Highland & the Scottish Executive of the deep antagonistic feelings aroused by the Calder Report.

Not only have the public demonstrated their feelings by marching, attending meetings, writing letters & lobbying NHS Highland & MSPs but they have also dug deep into their pockets to raise the money required for a long & vigorous campaign. NAG thank members of the public, local organisations & companies for their support & note that individuals & groups of people continue to raise money in support of NAG's Campaign - over 400 - in the last month.

Sunday was the 18th Mother's Day since Caithness General Hospital opened & the NAG look forward to the Hospital & the consultant led maternity & gynaecology services having many more such anniversaries.

North Action Group members handed in a Mothers Day card on sunday to the maternity unit at Caithness General Hospital and were delighted that one of its own members Aelex had just had her own baby - a girl - in the unit. Staff said the unit was quite busy and three mothers and their new babies chatted to the North Action Group members.

North Action Group was formed in November 2003 following a public meeting.   Members of North Action Group have volunteered to be on various sub groups of the Maternity Action Team set up by the Community Health Partnership (CHP).  the new group is being jointly chaired by North Action Group chairman George Bruce and Chairman of the CHP councillor David Alston