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The truths they don't want you to read....

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Health Board Clinical Strategy

I haven't seen the full document yet, as it is not available on the web, but I can already see two contentious issues...

• Developing Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh to become one of these hubs, including the Benbecula GP practice
• Clearer definition between services available at Western Isles hospital and those requiring a trip to the mainland

My interpretation is that the former is code for "A reduction is services to the core requirement" and the later is "Send patients away, rather than bringing consultants here".

The whole strategy must be being driven by the financial situation, so I see our services being stripped down to the bare minimum and everything else done on the mainland. The Uisteach already complain that their hospital is a "waiting room for Stornoway". How long before Stornoway becomes a waiting room for Inverness or Glasgow for the most routine operations.

As long as we are facing population decline and an aging population then the mainstream services will be under threat.

More on this as I get it.

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