We should all be con­cerned for hospi­tal

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, It was com­fort­ing to see a good at­ten­dance at Oban Com­mu­nity Coun­cil pub­lic meet­ing held in the Cor­ran Halls on Fri­day Jan­uary 13 to dis­cuss up­com­ing changes to the Oban hospi­tal. For once, the in­fa­mous Oban ap­a­thy lost.

I have to say that I ex­pected a pretty heated dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing a very se­ri­ous con­cern which af­fects ev­ery­body, but that didn’t tran­spire. Apart from some salient points on the fail­ings of the lo­cal health ser­vice, most of the pub­lic who spoke had noth­ing but praise for var­i­ous parts of the ser­vice they have ex­pe­ri­enced, and rightly so, but raised very few deep ques­tions, while some of Ge­orge Berry’s con­cerns went no­tice­ably unan­swered.

What the pub­lic was treated to though was a dis­play by two of the three health pro­fes­sion­als present who spouted the big­gest load of ac­coun­tant-speak cow- dung that I have heard in a long time.

It was a to­tal PR ex­er­cise in try­ing to al­le­vi­ate the plebiscite.

I think ev­ery­one knows that the NHS is badly bro­ken and that things will change, and I have no doubt that Oban’s Lorn and Is­lands Hospi­tal will re­main open be­cause it is needed by a large and grow­ing pop­u­la­tion. But what form it will be in fu­ture re­mains to be seen, so I would ad­vise folks to take out health in­surance if you don’t have any al­ready. You have been warned.

Praise to chair­woman Marri Mal­loy and the com­mu­nity coun­cil for ar­rang­ing the meet­ing and I’m sure that there will be oth­ers soon. Martin Macin­tyre, Cru­achan Cot­tages, Taynuilt.

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