NHS Lothian union stalwart Tom Waterson Death: Obituary – Union stalwart mourns Tom Waterson who died in Hospital in the morning on Thursday, September 9, after developing pneumonia prior to his death.
In 1993, he was once a shop steward with the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) before it merged with the National and Local Government Officers Association (NALGO) and the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE) to form UNISON.
NHS Lothian staff had been informed of Mr. Waterson’s death earlier in the day in a virtual meeting of the Midlothian Integration Joint Board (IJB).
Wanda Fairgrieve, an IJB staff representative, said: “He lost a leg and developed sepsis and was admitted to hospital several times but he kept himself going.
“He leaves behind a lot of friends and colleagues as well as his wife and children, aged 11 and five, and all our thoughts are with his family.”
“It is with sad regret that we have to advise that our good friend and comrade Tom Waterson, Chair UNISON Scotland health committee, sadly passed away last night,” Willie Duffy, UNISON Scotland head of health said.
“Tam had been in and out of hospital over the last 2 years, and he showed great courage during these times,” she added.
Carolyn Hirst, IJB vice-chair paid tributes to Mr. Tom following his death, she said: “He was a long-serving member of the NHS beginning as a porter. Thoughts are with his family.”