High­lands could lead in health care

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, It’s sad that the High­land health board’s ex­cel­lent clin­i­cal di­ag­nos­tic skills do not ex­tend to its ad­min­is­tra­tors.

The board could save mil­lions on un­nec­es­sary bits of pa­per sim­ply by switch­ing to the IT sys­tems cur­rently used by the Army Med­i­cal Corp at Fort Ge­orge. In­deed, Fort Ge­orge’s ex­per­tise could be used to help NHS Scot­land save a bil­lion just by bet­ter records man­age­ment and email­ing ap­point­ments di­rectly to pa­tients or their fam­i­lies.

The In­ver­ness peo­ple must un­der­stand that one in 10 hospi­tal beds is blocked by pa­tients who do not re­quire so­phis­ti­cated help but there is no so­cial care avail­able. Emp­ty­ing Glas­gow beds to a ‘step down’ lo­cal unit such as Oban would re­duce wait­ing times and save cash.

Rather than de­lay­ing things for yet an­other 10 or 20 years, NHS direc­tors must al­lo­cate re­sources to both cut costs and im­prove pa­tient care — a win for ev­ery­one and the High­lands could be the lead­ing health­care area in Scot­land very quickly. Mike Fos­ter, San­nox, Cran­naig a Mhin­is­ter, Oban.

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