Tuesday, 9 March 2010

SNP MSP Questions NHS Sums

Rob Gibson SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands has questioned the reasons for bed reduction in the far-famed Dingwall Rheumatology Unit when constituents cite a waiting list for places is in place.

He said, "Recent attempts by NHS Highland to justify closing beds not only make aritmetical nonsense it also ignores the costs of dedicated staff who work is so valued by patients"

"The Cabinet Secretary for Health nicola Sturgeon was left in no doubt about concerns over NHS Highland calculations. Now constituents who have used the unit over many years tell there is a waiting list for treatment."

"The specialist staff, equipment and treatment are regarded as a gold standard in Scotland. Local facilities could never match the Dingwall set up. Therefore I am calling on NHS Highland to clear the air, confitm that the true bed occupancy is in the 90% range not 60% as they have brazenly claimed."

"Rheumatology problems are complex and need varied treatments, so possible patients right across the Highlands and Western Isles want assurances that the future of the Dingwall unit is secure."

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