Monday, 25 January 2010

Gibson queries rheumatology figures

News release
Immediate release

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP has written to NHS Highland querying the figures used to justify the cutting of beds at the Rheumatology unit in Dingwall.

The unit closed four beds till the next financial year following claims from NHS Highland that beds occupancy was running at just 70% of capacity. That depends on how you calculate the days available to patients, many of whom spend 11 days in the unit.

Mr Gibson has written to Mid Highland CHP General Manger Gill McVicar asking for clarification over the accuracy of their figures.

Mr Gibson said…

"It is important that the statistics used by the Mid Highland CHP to justify the temporary cutting of beds are explained. I have two contrasting figures regarding occupancy so it would good to find out which one is correct 68% as alleged by the CHP or 90% as calculated by patients."

It is important that the rheumatology unit is retained. It is used by people from throughout the Highlands and Islands. I am convinced that it could run at a higher capacity that is needed. It is a unique unit in Scotland and would be unacceptable to the public if it was to be downgraded."


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