Nicola Sturgeon is being called upon to launch a Named Person inquiry into Highland Council
Foreman, 53, slammed the man responsible for Nicola Sturgeon’s Named
Person’s policy and demanded Highland Council is subject to an inquiry
over its unlawful handling of his case.
personally calling on the First Minister to launch an inquiry into the
behaviour of a council chief who helped spearhead the failed policy.
Council has been operating a pilot version of the controversial
legislation since 2010 but the Supreme Court has blocked its national
has since discovered through a subject data access request that his
four-month-old daughter has been airlifted to hospital and had her name
changed on case notes, which is in breach of the law.
Mr Foreman says he’s been treated like a criminal for having an interest in his child’s life
Mr Alexander, who has been receiving millions taxpayer’s money to pilot
the policy for six years and earns at least £107,568-a-year, has not
only refused to help but has admitted there is too many managers after
the child was given five different Named Persons in just four months.
shocking situation illustrates the reckless nature in which the policy
was tested in Scotland before it was meant to be rolled-out at the end
of August across the country, says Mr Foreman.
Mr Alexander’s staff have admitted in writing to the worried father
that the council has allowed his child’s name to be changed in
contravention to the law.
Council and NHS Highland who are supposed to be working in tandem have
refused to give Mr Foreman access to vital information on his sick baby
who was airlifted to 250 miles to hospital without his knowledge.
The first minister is being called to investigate Highland Council
Foreman, a former finance director, has been desperately trying to get
access to information on his baby daughter who was born with very
serious illness just four months ago.
is no longer in a relationship with the child’s mother and asked the
council to help him get access to her medical records when he was
refused help from the health board.
only found out about her condition when he spoke with a consultant at
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by telephone who was legally bound to provide
Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney are determined to roll out Named Person
love my daughter, all I am trying to do is find out about her
wellbeing, she is a very sick child and to be banned from getting basic
information is destroying me.
Bill Alexander is paid £107,568-a-year from the taxpayer
Nicola Sturgeon should be ashamed and Mr Alexander should be considering his position.
are numerous laws being broken, I have been subjected to horrendous
treatment and yet the Council’s response is a basic dereliction of duty.
baby daughter is just four months old and yet I have had five separate
people involved in her case and there is not one individual tasked with
her welfare that has been able to help me. “
a last resort he contacted the council’s Named Person chief on August 2
and was told by Mr Alexander: “There are enough people involved just
now I suggest, without adding another manager like myself.”
since then his daughter has undergone an operation in hospital and has
had her name on all of her medical records and her social work records
changed without his permission.
name can only be changed when all those with parental responsibility
have consented, or a Court Order has been obtained to allow the change.
court order is currently not in place with regards to Mr Foreman’s
child nor has he been contacted by anyone to receive permission.
when he demanded to know what happened he received the following
response: “Parents are entitled to call their child whatever they wish.”
Social work resources have failed to provide a Named Person
Foreman is now planning to take the case to court in order that he can
facilitate access to the child’s records – something he’s entitled to by
Government to ensure that when things are not going well for children,
something is done about it.
have been passed from pillar to post, have not been able to get access
to basic information and I subsequently discovered my child is no longer
called what her name is on her birth certificate.
Highland said: “Unfortunately, In the interests of patient
confidentiality, we are unable to comment on the details of this
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