Local News for Wednesday 1st August 2018
ALLAN RAISES CONCERNS OVER PATIENT ESCORT REFUSALS
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has invited the Chief Executive of NHS Western Isles to a roundtable event to discuss the Health Board’s system of approving NHS-funded patient escorts.
Patients travelling off-island for treatment to mainland hospitals will, in many cases, require an escort to accompany them. In March NHS Western Isles announced a new system for approving requests for NHS-funded escorts, with the Health Board’s Medical Director now making the decision where this had previously been the responsibility of the patient’s GP. While there were no changes made to the criteria for approving escorts or to the Patient Travel Policy, it appears the criteria are now being much more strictly enforced. This has resulted in the local MSP taking up a number of cases of constituents who had requests for escorts refused.