‘Is­land proof­ing’ may save hospi­tal ser­vices

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Pro­posed new govern­ment leg­is­la­tion may help to pro­tect ser­vices at Oban’s Lorn and Is­lands Hospi­tal.

Dur­ing his re­cent visit to Mull, cov­ered by The Oban Times, Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf found the time to talk about his pro­posed Is­lands Bill which he is tak­ing though the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to his pro­posal, all new leg­is­la­tion will have to be con­sid­ered for its im­pact on is­land com­mu­ni­ties. This he called ‘is­land proof­ing’ for short. He was able to con­firm that the leg­is­la­tion will also ap­ply to poli­cies de­vel­oped by govern­ment agen­cies as well as the govern­ment it­self.

The NHS is one of those agen­cies, so it would ap­pear that as Oban hospi­tal pro­vides ser­vices to is­land com­mu­ni­ties, as well as to main­land res­i­dents, any pro­pos­als put for­ward by the NHS to re­duce ser­vices at the hospi­tal must be sub­jected to is­land proof­ing be­fore be­ing im­ple­mented.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see whether is­land proof­ing can be used to pro­tect lo­cal ser­vices at the hospi­tal and how we can ar­gue for im­prove­ments to the ser­vice. David Pol­lard, Salen, Isle of Mull.

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