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The Oban Times - - Letters -

T his week’s news that Lorn and Is­lands Hos­pi­tal in Oban is to lose eight in­pa­tient beds which will re­sult in a re­duc­tion of trained staff at the in­fir­mary through ‘nat­u­ral wastage’ – no doubt be­cause con­tracts will not be re­newed – will shock many.

While there is def­i­nitely a case for peo­ple to be treated in their own homes where pos­si­ble, there is a feel­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties that the health ser­vice in Argyll and Bute is be­ing eroded in a bid to cen­tralise and save cash.

The num­ber of peo­ple al­ready hav­ing to travel to Glas­gow, for ex­am­ple, to see spe­cial­ists or for treat­ment at a time when they are ill, un­der stress and ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble is al­ready too high. So enough is enough.

It’s time we stood up for our hos­pi­tal, our health­care pro­fes­sion­als and our right to health­care de­liv­ered through our lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

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