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News round-up / Bokor-Ingram promoted to interim chief executive, Donald Trump politics, Da Voar Redd Up dates, archaeology lecture

NHS Shetland's Simon Bokor-Ingram. Photo: Shetland News
Simon Bokor-Ingram. Photo: Shetland News

THE chief officer of Shetland’s health and social care partnership Simon Bokor Ingram has been appointed as interim NHS Shetland chief executive to replace Ralph Roberts when he leaves his post later in April.

The appointment has been made to allow NHS Shetland to recruit a new permanent chief executive.

Bokor-Ingram said he felt honoured and pleased to have been asked by the health board’s chairman Gary Robinson to fill the post on an interim basis.

“A new Strategic Plan will be setting our direction of travel for 2019/20 onwards, and I will be leading the implementation of that plan in partnership with the council and the Integration Joint Board,” he said.

“My key task will be to give our staff the right support and direction to drive the plan forwards.”

Last month, the health board announced that its chief executive of the last eight years had handed in his notice to become the head of the much larger NHS Borders.

Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston. Photo: Shetland News
Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands Jamie Halco Johnston.

HIGHLANDS and islands conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston quoted local councillor Ryan Thomson in parliament when he criticised the Scottish Government’s fair ferry funding for Orkney and Shetland as “Donald Trump politics”.

Thomson had said on Tuesday that the fair ferry funding was “Donald Trump politics where you say one thing and do another”, after learning the SIC would get £5.2m in inter-island ferry funding, £2.7m less than requested.

In parliament on Wednesday Halcro Johnston said:  “It is disappointing that Kate Forbes seemed to ignore her SNP colleague Mike Russell who said before the budget that ferry funding for the islands ‘needs a resolution’.

“Instead the SNP has engaged in a screeching U-turn, now telling the Orkney and Shetland councils that they have enough to run the ferries, despite clear shortfalls between what they cost to operate and what the Scottish Government contributes.

“This is about fairness, and the pledges made by the SNP that simply haven’t been delivered. One local councillor has even described the SNP approach as ‘Donald Trump politics’; promising to do one thing but then doing something different.”

THIS YEAR’s annual spring clean up Da Voar Redd Up will take place at the weekend on 27/28 April, Shetland Amenity Trust has announced.

Last year over 4,500 volunteers collected nearly 70 tonnes of bruck from roadside verges, beaches and coastlines.

The trust is now asking groups to register as soon as is possible if they wish to take part in this year’s redd up. Any new groups wishing to participate can register online at www.shetlandamenity.org/da-voar-redd-up

Any individuals wishing to join an existing group are asked to get in touch with the trust to find out about groups in their area.  Shetland Amenity Trust can be contacted at info@shetlandamenity.org  or by calling 01595 694688.

ARCHAEOLOGY Shetland is inviting to a lecture on the future of archaeological science in the Shetland Museum and Archives, next Tuesday at 7pm

Dr Lisa Brown, of Historic Environment Scotland, looks at current developments in archaeological science and where it might lead in the future.

Tickets are free, but places should be booked online.