Med­i­cal pro­vi­sion is hi-tech and ex­cel­lent

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, As usual I pur­chased my Oban Times on Thurs­day July 27 and, with inim­itable un­bounded en­thu­si­asm as usual, and cup of tea, pro­ceeded to read the gems of top-notch re­ports therein, in prepa­ra­tion for our usual Thurs­day af­ter­noon dis­cus­sion group.

Of course I even­tu­ally came across the read­ers’ let­ters page and was ab­sorb­ing the con­tents of the first let­ter, from Mike Foster, and his deroga­tory re­marks about NHS High­land bu­reau­crats and their in­abil­ity to or­gan­ise a skin­ful in a brew­ery.

He also made at­tempts at scorn­ful hu­mour with ref­er­ence to car­rier pi­geons and quills.

As I read on, an in­vis­i­ble bub­ble con­tain­ing a large ques­tion-mark formed above me – lo and be­hold, a text mes­sage on my six-year-old mo­bile phone ar­rived, say­ing, ‘Dear Ken­neth, your pre­scrip­tion is now ready to col­lect. Boots Oban.’

There was not a car­rier pi­geon or quill in sight.

But it got me think­ing. Last week when I made a same-day ap­point­ment to see one of Oban’s GPs, I used a rea­son­ably mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vice re­ferred to in his let­ter, the tele­phone.

Does Mr Foster re­alise that most of us, not all, have multi-fre­quency but­tons on our tele­phones to help di­rect our calls at the speed of light and, de­spite the sig­nal from my phone be­ing di­rected pos­si­bly through Glas­gow and back, as the last digit is sig­nalled, the surgery phone rings (un­less busy, ap­pro­pri­ate tone re­turned at same speed, that of light). How much faster does he want? On re­flec­tion, am I cor­rect when I re­call a let­ter of ob­jec­tion from this gen­tle­man when the large trees were re­moved from op­po­site Alma Cres­cent, open­ing up stu­pen­dous views across our lovely wee town and the reams of objections to the con­struc­tion of the lovely mod­ern house in front of Ard­tor­nish?

I, like most peo­ple, will wel­come with open arms peo­ple who choose to re­tire to and en­hance our wee town but in this case it begs the ques­tion: what was so bad about Worces­ter that made him choose Oban with all its bad points?

Kenny McLen­nan, Oban.

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