Letter: 10 month delay for NHS referral not acceptable

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Sir,
It is good to see the Courier allowed William Crossan nearly a page of comment in reply to my recent, short, letter regarding my wife’s poor experience with the NHS.

It is also good to know that eventually Mr Crossan was dealt with by the NHS to a satisfactory conclusion although it took what appears to have been an inexcusible long period to rectify.

People working within the NHS are, in the most part, dedicated and apply good practice to all patients under their care.

My argument is not the care given but the time it takes to obtain satifactory conclusions after referal.

Mr Crossan continually compares NHS Scotland with the NHS elsewhere in the UK.

My own family live in England, my sister in Sussex and my brother in Surrey.

Both have had health issues and these have been resolved by the NHS, within their respective locality, without the lengthy delays currently being demostrated by my wife’s care under NHS Scotland.

Mr Crossan appears to give the impression that everything he reads about the NHS elsewhere is totally true.

To some extent this may well be so but a standard of mere mediocrity is not a standard I would wish to follow or adhere.

With NHS Scotland under the control of the SNP, for the past 10 years, the system is seeing longer and longer delays between being referred by a local GP to a specialist and satisfactory treatment.

One can always find examples of both good and bad practice within NHS Scotland and elsewhere.

What is not acceptable is Mr Crossan’s  assumption that delays in Scotland seem to be tolerable despite the fact these delays are occassioned by the SNP control of the NHS during their period in office.

I feel fairly certain most of your readers will be aware of Mr Crossans political leanings both past and present.

They say seven days in politics is a long time and most definately 10 years of the SNP seems a lifetime of disappointment.

I really do not care if we are governed by the SNP, Labour, Conservatives, UKIP, Lib Dems or Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse.

What I do expect is improvement in services, not only the NHS, but other agencies under the control of the elected government.

I reiterate a 10 month wait, just to see a specialist after referal by a GP, is too long and unacceptable.

I believe that in 2021 the electorate will have an opportunity to change the party, currently in government, to one which is outward looking rather than adhering to independance at any cost.

Finally I would appeal to Mr Crossan to accept people have differing views  state I do not wish to engage in endless tit for tat correspondence through the Courier.

Keith Abendroth,

Campbeltown.