A breakthrough as the Health Board announce the Review finds in favour of keeping services local
7th August 2001
Check out what Susan Deacon the Health Minister for Scotland said in her September press release following publication of the Arbuthnott Report on allocations of expenditure for rural areas. The report has a short summary of the main points as well as the full report. [ read more here ]
The report by Professor Sir John Arbuthnott entitled Fair Shares For All - The Report of the National Review of Resource Allocation for the NHS in Scotland. [ read full report here ]
The report goes into great detail about the problems of rural areas although it can be difficult comparing areas of deprivation - of poverty and poor services in large cities against rural areas like Highland.
One of the problems can be the perception of ideal lifestyles in the Highlands which may be the case if you have a job and an income to cope with the greater distances. Also the Highlands is very diverse and the political structure pushes this vast area into one political region. This has been pointed out by many members of the public. And it has not gone unnoticed that the health services under a Caithness set up were in the Black and the health service as provided by an Inverness based set up is now heavily in the red.
Is Caithness and Sutherland having to bear the brunt of a debt it did not incur? The people of the north did not want the present NHS Trust set up to be brought in and they were ignored. Will the same thing happen to maternity services? Any downgrading of the services will be to the detriment of local people.
No one will take it as a victory if it is announced that the Maternity unit is to remain but the consultant Obstetrician services are lost pulling down not only maternity but gynaecology services also.
This may set in train other problems as it knocks on problems to other parts of the hospital such as anaesthesia and GP's who are left to deal with emergencies that will happen. Or the ambulance service that till have to take more patients to Raigmore hospital in Inverness.
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A candlelit vigil in support of the hospital and staff is to be held on Thursday 26th October 2017 at the hospital - bring candles or torches. Starts at 6.30pm and will not last long.
Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) have now put the 100 Mile Helper Kits together and wil shortly be distrubiting them to Hositals and GP practices. The 100 Mile Helper kits are good to go! First batches going to hospitals today.
Rev. John Nugent the minister at St Fergus Church handed over £794 from the Wedding Dresses display by the ladies at St Fergus Church, Wick.
The ladies of St Fergus church rallied round to help Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) with yet another fund raiser. Each year they choose a cause to support either abroad or local This year they decide to help CHAT in their efforts to stop continued reduction in local health services by NHS Highland.
Saturday 7th October 10.30am - 3.30pm Call in to see the display and support CHAT..
Maureen and Gordon Doull from Wick have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Mackays Hotel and asked their guests to make donations to Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) as they are so concerned at what is happening to health services in Caithness. The couple handed over a £750 to Bill Fernie, chairman of CHAT and founder member Councillor Nicola Sinclair.
Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) has gathered 2,410 postcards from members of the public protesting the centralisation of health services under NHS Highland. The postcards carry the slogan ‘100 miles too far' in reference to the 100 mile journey patients frequently have to travel to receive basic care.
The Convener of The Highland Council's Caithness Area Committee, Councillor David Flear, has joined the call for health bosses to consider upgrading maternity services at Caithness General Hospital. Councillor Flear intends raising the matter at the next Area Committee meeting on Monday 15 September and expects to send a firmly worded response to the Highland Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, who are currently reviewing maternity services provided in Wick as part of a Scotland-wide review.
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am - possibly throughout the day George Bruce Interviews on Moray Firth Radio News 12:00 Noon Demonstration Begins At Caithness General Hospital 12:01pm Toot Your Horn Campaign Begins Motorist are being asked to toot their horns as they pass the demonstration at Caithness General 12:05pm Professor Calder Team Arrives Wick Airport 12:15pm Press Conference At Wick Airport 12:40pm Professor Calder Team Arrival Expected Caithness General 1:00pm Council Press Conference At Wick Town Hall Area Convenor David Flear will lead the press conference with Jenny Spence, League of Friends, Jamie Stone MSP. George Bruce, Caithness & North Sutherland Health Forum and two mothers.
The visit of Professor Andrew Calder to Wick on Monday 15 December had a big profile as it gained mentions on Moray Firth Radio, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Scotland Television News. Repeat mentions on several news broadcasts are ensuring the issue is highlighted.
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