Argyllshire Advertiser leader column – week 06

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Unpalatable decisions ahead

In some ways it is like Groundhog Day, but yet again we are looking at severe cuts in health and social care services.

At last week’s Kilmory meeting of the board in charge of these services – see page 46 – there was frustration at the pace at which these proposed cuts are being brought to the table. Maybe that has something to do with the enormity of what needs to be done.

Once again our hospital beds, services for vulnerable people and other things taken for granted will be in the spotlight.

The impact on staff was raised, quite rightly, at the IJB meeting, but there was no mention of the impact on patients and service users.

As one NHS staff member at the meeting said: ‘We can bring forward savings, but what we bring back to the board might not feel very palatable.’

There is a need for members of the public to have their say in changes to these public services, and a meeting in Lochgilphead (see page 3) next week will be discussing that subject.