A packed meeting of Council last night heard Chairman Rosie Curtis break the news, and immediately vowed to fight this short-sighted decision. The community has already received promises of support from local politicians as disgusted as we are that the NHS has gone back on repeated promises that it would not withdraw the service.
At a meeting an hour before, the members of the newly-formed First Responders group decided to withdraw their emergency services on the day the District Nurses stop. As Rosie explained, "We first responders were promised, again and again, that we would not be left without the immediate and close support of our District Nurses. The NHS had reneged on that promise. If the Nurses go, we go!"
Rosie added, "Without the Nurses, the nearest emergency cover is the ambulance at Strontian - an hour and a quarter away - or one of the doctors from Acharacle - if they're available. And, to make it worse, despite frequent promises from the Scottish Ambulance Service, the ambulance has still come down single-manned - that is, on the two-hour journey to hospital, there's no-one in the back with the patient!"
The community is forming an Action Group to fight the NHS decision.