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Scottish parliament to review rural healthcare service availability

Poor transport links exacerbate service cuts

January 25th 2021

Tagged: political news Scotland Rurality

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Scotland’s Health & Sport Committee is to discuss a 2018 petition calling on the Scottish Parliament to review the provision of community or cottage hospitals across Scotland.

Lodged by former councillor on South Lanarkshire Edward Archer the petition highlights the move away from cottage and community hospitals in Scotland as a result of Care At Home strategy.

But he says there are still indications of the need for this type of care.

The petition highlights the disparate provision of rural healthcare services in Scotland, which is exacerbated by poor public transport, and the potential for bed blocking if the necessary care packages are unavailable.

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