Competent, locally sensitive and fully accountable management of local health services “essential”
Local MSP Michael Russell has called on the Chair of the Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership to take urgent action to restore confidence in the body after a string of difficulties which culminated in weekend press reports of a crisis in caring in Oban and the surrounding areas.
Writing to Robin Creelman, Mr Russell said:
“Press reports at the weekend indicated yet another crisis in the delivery of health and social care in Argyll & Bute. If the reports are true they suggest that delivery of care in the Oban area is not being undertaken according to the standards expected and that the gaps are resulting in delays in delivering essential services to vulnerable people.
These reports follow public concern about a reduction in services available at Oban Hospital, the refusal of your staff to even discuss those issues with concerned local representatives, the row over dementia support in Campbeltown which took repeated meetings to set right, the difficulties with Trust Housing, the impasse over emergency and GP services on Mull and the Struan Lodge debacle where closure was announced without any consultation.
All these issues – and more – have led me to believe that the public, like myself, has lost confidence in the current management and governance of the HSCP and accordingly urgent steps must be taken to restore that confidence
However just more commitment to further “consultation” will not be enough. The time for that has passed. It is now imperative that change is made that results in competent, locally sensitive and fully accountable management of our essential health services.”