UNISON today welcomed the strong interest shown in two pilot elections to health boards.
The public services union said the pilot elections in NHS Fife and NHS Dumfries & Galloway have been a success for supporters of democratic engagement.
Dave Watson, Scottish Organiser, said:
“UNISON campaigned hard for direct elections. We believe this will create a culture change on health boards of more openness and consultation.
“We are pleased so many people chose to stand in these pilot elections and that many thousands of people have voted, demonstrating a real appetite for involvement.
“UNISON hopes that the pilots will prove to be successful and that voters across Scotland will then be given the chance to elect members to their local NHS boards.”