Health ser­vice in Oban and Ar­gyll is ex­cel­lent

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, I am writ­ing in re­sponse to the in­cred­i­bly con­fused let­ter from your correspondent Mike Fos­ter ( The Oban

Times, July 27), which mixes up BBC salaries, NHS High­land, and our Oban GP ser­vice.

Like your correspondent, I would be happy to see BBC staff well paid, but I doubt that any BBC em­ployee can jus­tify a salary that is three or four times that of our Prime Min­is­ter.

My wife and I have re­ceived ex­cel­lent ser­vice from our lo­cal hos­pi­tals but, sadly, the ser­vices that they can pro­vide now are lim­ited by the in­abil­ity of NHS High­land to at­tract the nec­es­sary staff. No doubt this is due partly to the lack of proper for­ward plan­ning by the NHS ad­min­is­tra­tors and fail­ings on the part of our Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, which has been re­spon­si­ble for the NHS in Scot­land for the past decade.

Turn­ing now to the fo­cus of Mr Fos­ter’s ire, in my view the staff of our Lorn Med­i­cal Cen­tre are quite out­stand­ing, from both ad­min­is­tra­tive and med­i­cal points of view. If he wishes to com­mu­ni­cate by email, he can do so, but per­haps he has not asked. And when it comes to re­peat pre­scrip­tions, the ad­ja­cent phar­macy staff fre­quently ask me if I wish this ser­vice; again per­haps he should ask.

Per­son­ally, I am happy with the tele­phone ser­vice pro­vided. Maybe his rose-tinted spec­ta­cles are fo­cused on a pre­vi­ous era in Eng­land. He should count him­self lucky that we have such an ex­cel­lent ser­vice in Oban. Colin Davidson, by email.

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