Pen­sion­ers are a great as­set

Campbeltown Courier - - LETTERS -

Sir,

Alas­tair Red­man por­trays the elderly pop­u­la­tion of Ar­gyll and Bute as a prob­lem. Per­son­ally, I see our pen­sion­ers as a great as­set to the com­mu­nity.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s re­cent pa­per, ‘Re­shap­ing Care for Elderly Peo­ple’, states: ‘Older peo­ple are val­ued as an as­set, their voices are heard and they are sup­ported to en­joy full and pos­i­tive lives in their own home or in a homely set­ting.’

Peo­ple in Scot­land are liv­ing longer thanks to im­prov­ing health care and liv­ing con­di­tions, surely some­thing we should cel­e­brate.

There are chal­lenges for Scot­land’s NHS as the age pro­file in­creases. What do you ex­pect when the bud­get con­tin­ues to be cut by West­min­ster Tory aus­ter­ity?

How­ever, it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that on many dif­fer­ent mea­sures of per­for­mance Scot­land’s health ser­vices are the best in the UK.

Prob­lems in re­cruit­ing health and so­cial care staff will only in­crease due to hard Tory Brexit that Mr Red­man’s party is im­ple­ment­ing.

About 10 per cent of NHS doc­tors and nurses are from EU coun­tries but the num­ber ap­ply­ing has dropped sharply since the EU ref­er­en­dum.

The sham­bolic state of the Con­ser­va­tive West­min­ster gov­ern­ment makes me more con­vinced that Scot­land should be­come an in­de­pen­dent coun­try within the Euro­pean sin­gle mar­ket.

Alas­tair Red­man and his fel­low Con­ser­va­tive/LibDem coun­cil­lors need to fo­cus on im­prov­ing ser­vices in Ar­gyll and Bute, rather than punt­ing re­lent­less neg­a­tiv­ity.

Eleanor Hunter, He­lens­burgh.

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