on the In­te­grated Joint Board

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THE IN­TE­GRATED Joint Board (IJB) of NHS High­land and Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil has come into sharp fo­cus this week after it made a de­ci­sion to close down two nurs­ing homes in Ar­gyll.

But do peo­ple re­ally know what it is? Ni­amh Adams McGilp took to the streets of Lochgilp­head to find out if peo­ple were aware of the changes.

Ask­ing whether peo­ple were aware of the what the IJB was and what they thought of it, Ni­amh also asked peo­ple what they thought was the big­gest con­cern fac­ing health at present. This is what they told us.

Pa­tri­cia Watkins from Loch

gilp­head didn’t know about the IJB, but thought it was a good idea to get folks to­gether.

She said: ‘If they are all un­der one roof they’ll prob­a­bly be able to com­mu­ni­cate bet­ter.

‘ Wait­ing times are prob­a­bly the big­gest is­sue for me. You get good treat­ment but you could book in at the doc­tor and wait 35 min­utes be­fore they see you. You could be in the hos­pi­tal at 10 and not be seen un­til 11. Just the de­lays re­ally.

‘I can’t re­ally com­plain.’

Shirley Ni­col­son, Lochgilp

head, knew what the IJB was and thought that ‘ them be­ing to­gether makes less room for a loss in com­mu­ni­ca­tion’.

She said: ‘ I’d say the big­gest is­sue at the mo­ment is not hav­ing enough spe­cial­ity nurses, if any.

‘ It’s not fair mak­ing el­derly peo­ple travel to Glas­gow to see a spe­cial­ity nurse. There should be more em­ployed here, maybe even a clinic.’

Avril Lock­hart from Mid Ar

gyll didn’t know what the IJB was. She said: ‘ Hope­fully they’ll be able to co- or­di­nate ser­vices bet­ter. Hav­ing worked in so­cial ser­vices, I know what it’s like.

‘ Hope­fully they’ll be able to man­age spend­ing bud­gets bet­ter if they’re work­ing to­gether.

‘ I’d say the main is­sue is lack of fund­ing. There’s not enough ser­vices for the peo­ple that need them.’

Fiona Wal­lace, Lochgilp­head, said: ‘In prin­ci­ple the idea works, but I think in prac­tice it is go­ing to take longer and be more com­plex than an­tic­i­pated.

‘I can hon­estly say I have had no is­sues, no neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ences with the cur­rent sys­tem.’

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