Cancer patients in rural areas get a raw deal – Letters from readers


Health boards and politicians apply double standards in the rural/urban health care divide, a reader argues

Driving past the nearest cancer hospital is the norm in Wigtownshire. Traveling through six health board areas, within two miles of Glasgow Beatson, for an unnecessary 45 miles, the Dumfries and Galloway Board of Health sends almost all oncology patients to Edinburgh, accepting the absence of benefits and ignoring evidence of emotional, physical and financial damage. caused by unnecessary travel.

We have been promised that patients would have options: this does not happen. The board rejects mitigation through a travel and subsistence plan, adding an unfair financial penalty to this already perverse arrangement (described by one patient as “cruel”). I have met with different Cabinet Secretaries of Health on two occasions and nothing has changed. The board recently defended this, suggesting that rural and associated travel is a lifestyle option. That’s absurd. Stranraer is severely deprived with unaffordable social mobility.

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This episode highlights how, at the national level, boards and politicians apply double standards in the rural/urban health care divide. Many rural boards willfully ignore notoriously unfair rural issues. They are not held accountable by politicians while tackling identical urban problems as a national emergency.

Through the 1845 petition to the Scottish Parliament, the Galloway Community Hospital Action Group has proposed a national advocacy service for rural and remote patients, to promote fair and reasonable treatment and reduce inequality in rural health. Cheap and simple, that would be a good start.

Dr A Gordon Baird, Past President of the Royal College of General Practitioners Rural Practice Task Force, Dumfries and Galloway

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The covid pandemic is reaching ‘endgame’, but it shouldn’t be treated like the flu

It is deeply disappointing that some nurses are willing to lose their jobs rather than get vaccinated against covid. The Nursing and Midwifery Council code of conduct requires that practitioners have a duty of care and as such do no harm. As with other required immunizations in the past, these are given to protect both the doctor and the patient. I don’t see how these staff can keep that promise, knowing they could infect others.

His excuse appears to be based on the theory that the pandemic was started by a secret cabal intent on establishing an authoritarian world government. One leader claimed that being forced to be vaccinated to remain an NHS employee was “scary” but not as “scary” as an NHS patient vulnerable to Covid being treated by unvaccinated staff who seriously believe Silicon Valley tycoons want control. your brain

Dr John Cameron, St Andrews, Fife

Organizers predicted that an anti-vaccination rally in Washington DC last weekend would draw more than 20,000 people. As it turned out, little more than a sad handful gathered under the figure of Lincoln in the place where Martin Luther King had drawn more than 100,000 people in the 1960s.

Likewise, there was a similar pathetic response to the nationalist call for an anti-Boris march in Glasgow at the same time. They were the same old (in every sense of the word), grim protesters carrying the same old grim message of a lost cause that has long since lost interest to most Scots.

Could everyone, on both sides of the Atlantic, stop now and give the rest of us a break? I absolutely agree that even crackpots have the right to demonstrate legally, but this is all getting a bit boring, to be sure, even for the most ardent nationalists or anti-vaccines.

Alexander McKay, Edinburgh

I was in a queue of about four people waiting for a sausage roll in Glasgow at the weekend. It turned out he was in the middle of the “emergency” All Under One Banner March. I didn’t even notice.

David Bone, Girvan, South Ayrshire

His article on the Drambuie story (Scotsman, January 24) marks a welcome change from the myths and fabrications perpetrated over the years.

But instead of the romantic “legend” of Bonnie Prince Charlie himself giving the recipe to a Captain John MacKinnon, the extensive research of my cousins ​​Hamish Dixon and Deirdre Perth (both direct descendants of James Ross, his creator) suggests that it was a Frenchman. officer in the service of the Prince in 1746 who gave it to Captain Lachlan Mackinnon.

It then passed to Alexander Kenneth Mackinnon of Corry in Strath, Skye, who gave it to his friend John Ross, the father of James Ross, whose wife leased the Broadford Inn in the 1870s. James perfected the original recipe, which was thought which was brandy-based, using various ingredients, including different whiskeys, until he was satisfied he had made the perfect liqueur, so he coined the slogan “A Link to ’45” and named it, after a good friend taste it and say “Ah, a dram buidheach”, or the drink that satisfies.

It was sold from the Inn and also shipped by MacBrayne steamers from Broadford Pier to UK customers, and from there to places as far afield as France, the US, Canada and Australia, in the 1890s and early 20th century. XX, when the new owners took over.

John Birkett, St Andrews, Fife

Saturday, January 22, 2022, marked one year since the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force as international law. 122 nations voted for TPNW, but the UK did not because of its Trident nuclear weapons system. Each Trident warhead can have an explosive power of 100 thousand tons.

In March 2021, Boris Johnson announced an increase in the limit on the number of UK Trident nuclear warheads from 180 to 260. What message does this send to the world, not to “global Britain”, but to “global Britain”. anti-global”?

E Campbell, Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire

In 1936, Hitler sent his armed forces to reoccupy the Rhineland. The Western powers allowed this with Hitler’s promise that he had no further territorial ambitions. In 1938, the people of Austria “voted” to become part of the “Third Reich.” They did this primarily by realizing that no Western power would give them practical support in remaining an independent country. In that same year, Hitler’s forces entered the Sudetenland despite desperate pleas for help from the Czechs. The Western powers were only interested in avoiding war. Buoyed by his success, Hitler invaded Poland in 1939.

In 2008, dissident elements in Georgia were agitating against their elected government. Russia sent troops to “support and protect” ethnic Russians in these areas. The war that followed ended in 2010. To this day, the UN considers Abkhazia and South Ossetia to be “Georgian occupied territories”.

The failure of Western security agencies to prevent the occupation of these territories highlighted the weaknesses of these organizations. As this dispute continued in diplomatic circles, Russian elements took control of strategic positions and infrastructure in Crimea. In March 2014, Russia annexed Crimea, a territory of Ukraine.

Coincidentally with this, unidentified Russian forces had been infiltrating Ukraine in the Donbas area, fighting alongside dissident ethnic elements. In 2019, the Ukrainian government estimated that seven percent of its land was under occupation.

Only in the last two years has the UK and US started heeding the warning signs. Military training personnel and modern weaponry have now been dispatched from the UK. The United States has threatened sanctions in the event of further Russian aggression.

Once again, the Western powers seem more determined to contain the war than to stop it. There is an argument that no war is worth a human life. I wonder if the dispossessed or the capitalists of our societies would agree with that. Even if they do, does this nation sit still until enemy tanks roll into Poland once more?

Brian Donaldson, Stirling

Since the democratic West has already sat idly by on Crimea, Putin is to be greatly encouraged in his purported ambition to restore all non-Muslim countries of the former Soviet Union under Muscovite hegemony.

If the West turns a blind eye to Ukraine again, the way is clear for the recovery of the Baltic nations, then the Balkans, who knows, to follow Hungary, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, and finally Poland and East Germany. . Even an independent Scotland with its landing strips and nuclear submarine shelters giving it control of the North Atlantic may not be too far of an ambition.

May the West not again make the mistake of dismissing Ukraine as “a small and distant country, about which we know little.”

Tim Flinn, Garvald, East Lothian

Considering Robert Burns’s poetry yesterday, as you do, I was struck by his poem To a Mouse, one of my favorites, and its relevance today, perhaps even more so than in its time. Especially the second line: “I am very sorry for the domination of man / It has broken the social union of nature…”.

Perhaps the Green Party could adopt it as a slogan!

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