Council safeguards health services

ANGUS Council will spend between £140,000 and £145,000 on occupational health service contracts this year.

In a report to the Strategic Policy Committee on Tuesday as we went to press, Richard Stiff, chief executive of Angus Council, asked for agreement to extend three contracts.

The contracts are with Abermed Limited, a general occupational health service; Care First Limited, an employee assistance programme and the Liz McColgan Centre, physiotherapy services.

These contracts were made in April 2009 for a period of three years with no option for extension as it was thought that alternative arrangements would be in place by their expiration. However, this is not the case.

Mr Stiff said: “The absence of these services would be of considerable disadvantage to both the council and its employees.

“Their absence would significantly reduce the effectiveness of some of the council’s people management practices and would remove from employeess services which promote and protect their health and wellbeing.

“It is therefore essential that these services are maintained.”

He added that work into finding new arrangements to give best value to the council will continue but these new temporary contracts are necessary in the meantime.