…de la Aberdeen Press & Journal:
NHS Highland was accused yesterday of trying to bring in a bilingual policy by the back door.
According to far north Highland councillor John Rosie the health authority’s newly-launched consultation on proposals for the promotion of Gaelic is a sham.
He has hit out at the cost as a misuse of public funds which would otherwise be spent on patient care.
NHS Highland has been given until the end of the year by Bord na Gaidhlig to prepare a Gaelic language plan.
The draft plan envisages bilingual signs erected outside and inside hospitals and community health centres and the language being promoted in stationary, vehicle livery and advertising and at public meetings hosted by the board.
Staff would be encouraged to learn Gaelic and those who already have the language would wear badges to advertise the fact.
Mr Rosie, a former long-serving member of the health board, claimed yesterday the new policy was unnecessary and unwanted...