The Oban Times - - Letters -

M any read­ers will have been shocked to learn about 80-year-old Rosina McQue who fell in Oban town cen­tre and had to wait more than an hour for an am­bu­lance to at­tend to her. Be­cause passers-by who stopped to help the pen­sioner were told not to move her, it meant she was left ly­ing on the pave­ment for more than an hour be­fore an am­bu­lance ar­rived to take her to hospi­tal.

While no-one is in any­way blam­ing the am­bu­lance crew who even­tu­ally at­tended Mrs McQue, an in­jured per­son should not have to wait that long for med­i­cal as­sis­tance. The fact that the emer­gency ser­vices had to travel all the way from In­ver­aray to Oban is ridicu­lous. Of course the crew had to at­tend the per­son who had a car­diac ar­rest im­me­di­ately, but it should never be an ei­ther or sit­u­a­tion.

Had the cou­ple who this week wrote to us to thank NHS staff for the ex­cel­lent emer­gency treat­ment their lit­tle girl re­ceived had to wait the same length of time, the out­come would have been far more tragic.

Ques­tions have to be raised about the re­sources cur­rently avail­able here, in what is a very large ge­o­graph­i­cal area. Is it a lack of qual­i­fied staff, money, or po­lit­i­cal will that seems to be leav­ing us with­out ad­e­quate cover?

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