Monday, 7 December 2009

Gibson backs rheumatology campaign

News release
immediate release

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has backed a campaign to block proposed cuts to the rheumatology services in Dingwall.

Mr Gibson added his voice following the intervention of SNP colleague Dave Thompson. After concerns were raised by Sutherland constituents and George Budge of Wick that the unit in Dingwall is due to be either cut to a 5 day a week service or have it's bed capacity reduced to be able to remain open for 7. The charity supported Puffin Pool is open on Saturdays and should not be forced to reduce its much appreciated hydrotherapy service.

Mr Gibson said…

"I am concerned by the plans to cut back on services at Dingwall. This unit offers relief to people across the Highlands so if anything the NHS should be increasing the scope of the operation not reducing it."

"I am calling on Chair of NHS Highlands Gary Coutts to make sure that people who rely on the rheumatology centre in Dingwall are not unfairly treated."

"Health centers which offer respite for those afflicted with arthritis are important and the fact is they should be open 7 days a week for those that need them not for 5 days or for fewer people."


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