Friday, April 08, 2022

Withdrawal of vaccination services from Nairn and Nairnshire: an "unfortunate, discriminatory and illogical decision" - copy of letter from NWSCC to NHS Highland

Pam Dudek

Chief Executive

NHS Highland 31/03/22

Dear Pam

Re: Withdrawal of vaccination services from Nairn and Nairnshire

Following discussion at our recent meeting, we write to express dismay and concern that vaccination services have been withdrawn from Nairn and Nairnshire, a healthcare population of around 16,000 people.

Apparently Nairn residents are now expected to attend a central Inverness shopping centre for all vaccinations, necessitating a 40+ mile round trip and parking fees. This translates into thousands of unnecessary journeys at a time of climate emergency.

Prior to this Nairn Healthcare have given a superb service in Nairn, especially during the pandemic when over 800 vaccinations were being carried out daily.

This withdrawal of service will affect especially the elderly and also young parents who can surely expect that their babies will be vaccinated locally not subjected to several expensive and lengthy journeys for a very routine procedure. The decision is bound to affect uptake, and brings into question NHS Highland’s commitment to equality of access and ‘levelling up’ disadvantaged groups.

We ask that there is a very rapid reconsideration of this unfortunate, discriminatory and illogical decision,

Yours sincerely

Alastair L. Noble (interim chair)


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