Health shake-up

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No one should be in any doubt that the delivery of health and social care services on Arran – and across Scotland – face a radical overhaul.

The talk of hubs, and single points of contact may be alien to some but they will be a reality of the future … and the not too distant future.

Health bosses on the island say the plans will deliver better health care at a time of increasing challenges given the island’s ageing population.

It is important then that anyone with any concerns should make sure they attend one of the public meetings being held around the island over the next few months, advising the public of the changes and to hear their views.

Interesting that one of the issues raised at the first meeting held in Lochranza was the move to a single shared medical record. These days, people have increasing concern over who has their personal details and what they are doing with them.

We believe the medical profession on Arran only has the best interest of patients at heart, but they have to make sure all of these radical changes are done correctly if people living on the island are to have the health care they deserve.