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Neilsermk1

NHS in Caithness

I heard a rumour today that the maternity unit in Caithness General is to be closed as a maternity unit and opened as a replacement for the Queen Elizabeth wing which needs substantial repair and the trust cant afford it.
Sounds like its the end of maternity services in Caithness if true, that and the cessation of emergency surgical services tells me we have at best third rate service in this county.
Neilsermk1

I wonder if all the overpaid superannuated bean counters have to suffer this kind of terrible service.  On second thoughts they probably have BUPA membersjavascript:emoticon('Evil or Very Mad')hip as a condition of service Evil or Very Mad
cait

the bean counters say they can't persuade consultants to come to live and work in wick.

how much this is the real story is hard to know, for me at least.
Neilsermk1

well as I said its just a rumour.  Maybe circulated by the bean counters to judge public reaction
cait

there have been so many rumours about maternity and other services over the years that one wonders how many were planted to try to gauge the public reaction.

or maybe we're just paranoid?  Confused
Neilsermk1

just cos yer not paranoid doesn't mean the twats aren't out to screw you over
mrsbradey

cait wrote:
the bean counters say they can't persuade consultants to come to live and work in wick.
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Thats likely because the health care in Wick and Caithness is poor at best!!
Neilsermk1

I can think of a few over the years who would not have survived the journey from Caithness to a 24/7 surgical service, and only survived because of the skill of local surgeons.
This cessation of surgical services is also being used as a smoke screen to quietly put the Queen Elizabeth Ward into mothballs and transfer the service to the Henderson Wing, finishing maternity cover in Caithness on the way.  Its disgraceful. Mad
cait

mrsbradey wrote:
cait wrote:
the bean counters say they can't persuade consultants to come to live and work in wick.
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Thats likely because the health care in Wick and Caithness is poor at best!!

could be.  Sad
cait

i see you started a similar thread on the old org. the responses there don't give much confidence.  Sad
Neilsermk1

Yep seems to be complete apathy,  
It must be true we get the services we deserve if we don't demand better.
Haggis Muncher

not only apathy but people are generally fed up posting on there and having their threads ridiculed or picked apart and in constant receipt of smartass comments. I just use the org to see whats on offer in the trade section and the odd bit of news, nothing else. I gave up posting there about a year ago myself, constantly having to reply to idiots just to justify my post being on there
cait

idiots are best ignored completely.
RagnarRocks

Well just shows the NHS isnt safe in SNP hands. What with their desire to centralise everything I'm surprised we even have a hospital in Caithness. But amazingly they can find enough money to build new council offices out of their constrained budgets. Just goes to show the councillors who allegedly work for the community have only their own interests at heart. Schools that run over budget when there are perfectly adequate ones already, new skateboard parks and other schemes which just promote political largess but do very little for the day to day lives of the electorate, something important like a hospital gets more and more cut backs. It's a ridiculous state of affairs but I don't see Councillor Fernie or his bunch of Teat Sucking Politcal Lickspittles doing much about it.

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