Reduction in hospital beds

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A South Kintyre councillor has said that it is ‘totally unacceptable’ that he found out about a reduction in beds at Campbeltown Hospital by reading last week’s Courier.

Councillor Donald Kelly said: ‘As a local elected member I find this totally unacceptable and have since made my own inquiries.

‘The current position is that four beds have been removed from the ward on a temporary basis and the usage of the remaining 15 will be monitored until the end of March to determine if the hospital can operate with just 15.’

Councillor Kelly has asked to attend a meeting in March at which a final decision will be made.

He added: ‘I fully appreciate that care in the community has come a long way over the last few years but not withstanding this I feel we must make sure we have sufficient beds in our hospital to meet the needs of our local community.

‘The last thing I want to see is people being shipped out of the area due to the lack of capacity in our local hospital.’