Letters: NHS an absurdity

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Sir,

What an absurdity the Scottish National Health Service has become during the last 10-plus years.

Politicians are quite happy to take their large salaries and expenses with impunity, while mere mortals like myself and many others are too afraid to complain and have to suffer endless cutbacks to services.

For example, I have an appointment at Oban hospital and have been told I will be unable to drive after the procedure.

I contacted the patient transport service requesting transport to and from the hospital but was told I could be returned but not delivered from home to the hospital.

Apparently it is alright for me to walk more than a mile to the bus station. Take the two-hour bus journey to Lochgilphead and spend another couple of hours on a bus to Oban.

Being in my mid to late 70s, this suggestion fails to meet my approval.

I could drive to Oban and be returned home using the patient transport service but I would have the problem of collecting my car more than 100 miles away.

The stupidity of the system is that if the procedure was to be carried out in Glasgow I could arrange a free flight to and from Campbeltown.

This would be at greater expense but I cannot get patient transport to Oban from Campbetown which would be a great deal cheaper.

Having lived in the locality for 25 years, I have in the past used the transport service on a few occasions without difficulty.

The impositions are being implemented, presumably by the SNP controlled health service to save money.

What an absolute load of nonsense.

Keith Abendroth,

6, Loch View Avenue,

Campbeltown.