Dis­putes are caus­ing prob­lems with care

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, There are on­go­ing dis­putes be­tween NHS High­land and Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil about care pack­ages be­ing can­celled due to lack of fund­ing, which causes an even greater strain on GPs.

So­cial work­ers are say­ing they now have to pri­ori­tise ac­cess to care, which means that many of those who need care are not get­ting any. This can cause se­vere stress and de­pres­sion but noth­ing is be­ing done about it.

I men­tioned this on my last visit to a GP and was told that GPs will not in­ter­fere in dis­putes be­tween NHS High­land and the coun­cil.

I also know of a case where a let­ter from an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist said there was a six-month wait for ap­point­ments – that was 10 months ago and, when try­ing to find out how much longer she would have to wait, was told they had no idea. There must be many sim­i­lar in­stances.

In­tre­gra­tion was sup­posed to im­prove things, but in­stead it is get­ting worse. David Gal­lant, Oban.

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