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greater than Dundee or An­gus, and fur­ther large hous­ing ex­pan­sions are planned.

My un­der­stand­ing was that the health ser­vice and lo­cal gov­ern­ment were now work­ing to­gether in an ex­pen­sive new in­te­grated struc­ture but the above would ap­pear to sug­gest the op­po­site.

De­spite the fact that pro­posed with­drawal of emer­gency surgery from PRI will most ad­versely af­fect ru­ral ar­eas of Perth and Kin­ross such as Cri­eff, Auchter­ader, Kin­ross and High­land Perthshire leav­ing pa­tients far greater dis­tances to travel to Dundee, the only pro­posed pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is in Pit­lochry early on a Mon­day evening!

The con­sul­ta­tion process is also flawed in that al­ready all emer­gency surgery has stopped at PRI with­out any con­sul­ta­tion with the pub­lic or gen­eral prac­tice.

Given that the am­bu­lance ser­vice is un­der great stress al­ready, cen­tral­i­sa­tion of ser­vices in Ninewells will only ad­versely af­fect not only pa­tients but also fam­ily mem­bers and car­ers who will have to find their own way to Dundee.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment have re­peat­edly in­di­cated their wish to im­prove the lot of the vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety namely the poor, the el­derly, the chron­i­cally sick and dis­abled. It is hard to see how the de­cline in ser­vices pro­vide by Perth Royal In­fir­mary achieves that goal.

Like many I am happy to sup­port the First Min­is­ter’s pro­posal for an in­crease in tax­a­tion to sup­port and in­vest in the Health Ser­vice but only a fool would pay more for less.

I would urge the peo­ple of this area to make their views known to the Health Board oth­er­wise we may fol­low the ex­am­ple of Stirling and Dun­fermline and lose our hos­pi­tal al­to­gether.

Alis­tair McCracken By email Ni­cola Stur­geon

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