Postal work­ers could make home vis­its

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, De­spite the huge in­crease in the num­ber of elderly peo­ple be­ing fore­cast 30 years ago, politi­cians of all colours failed to plan and bud­get for a dif­fer­ent so­ci­ety.

Keep­ing peo­ple in their own homes is great but how can we en­sure they are all mon­i­tored and have reg­u­lar per­sonal con­tact?

It costs £100 for a GP to make a home visit and £ 50 for a nurse. It is still £25 for a so­cial worker, which is why here in the UK gov­ern­ments could be pay­ing postal work­ers £ 5 to check on elderly res­i­dents and re­duce the need and ex­pense for cri­sis care.

A quick smile and a chat for an iso­lated pen­sioner liv­ing alone is good medicine – and cheap medicine.

In these days of de­clin­ing mail vol- umes, £ 5 a visit would bring wel­come new rev­enue to the Post Of­fice as well as help­ing our com­mu­ni­ties.

Help­ing vot­ers and sav­ing money are seem­ingly no longer im­por­tant, though, as COSLA and Holy­rood politi­cians fo­cus on their own hot air. Mike Fos­ter, San­nox, Cran­naig a Mhin­is­ter, Oban.

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