Comment on NHS funding affecting health services in Shetland

“Any new money for Shetland’s health services is badly needed but this looks like government spin from the government. GPs across Shetland have already been asked to find £300,000 of savings. Our Health Board have  said they must make £3.9 million of savings – a 9% cut. And the Director of the Joint Integration Board responsible for health and social care in Shetland says that it will be extremely difficult to find savings. Any suggestion that all is well or there is new money when NHS Shetland are openly saying how tough things are is difficult to understand. We all depend on the ability, professionalism and dedication of nurses, GP’s, consultants and health staff. On their behalf we need to ensure that our health service is properly funded and not cut as NHS Shetland say.”

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