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IT WAS with to­tal dis­be­lief that I heard about the ac­tions of health board bosses who re­fused to at­tend a public meet­ing or­gan­ised by Oban Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (OCC).

The rea­son given by them was that they did not like the way chair­per­son Mairi Mal­loy talked about them.

Fact – points raised by Mrs Mal­loy are points al­ready dis­cussed by OCC.

Fact – health board of­fi­cials are public ser­vants and, as such, it is their duty to an­swer ques­tions put to them by OCC.

As we all know, public health board of­fi­cials have been avoid­ing an­swer­ing ques­tions about cuts at Lorn and Is­lands Hospi­tal.

Cuts are caus­ing con­cern to the com­mu­nity of Oban, es­pe­cially those who re­quire types of med­i­cal at­ten­tion which are no longer avail­able at the hospi­tal.

Why will the health board bosses not dis­cuss the cen­tral­i­sa­tion of ser­vices within the NHS which en­tails the re­moval of all but a few es­sen­tial ser­vices from ru­ral hos­pi­tals to city hos­pi­tals?

If such well-paid public ser­vants do not wish to an­swer ques­tions or hear con­cerns of lo­cals put for­ward by Mrs Mal­loy on be­half of the com­mu­nity, can I sug­gest to them that it is time they con­sid­ered stand­ing down and giv­ing their po­si­tion to some­body willing to do their job for them.

The fact of the mat­ter is that un­der­paid nurs­ing staff are do­ing their best un­der very dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances, at the cost of over­paid civil ser­vants.

It’s time for change. Mrs Mal­loy has put her neck on the line – and I for one sup­port her.

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