Local News for Friday 25th March 2016
Inspection report shows work needed
Services for older people in the Western Isles need ‘significant improvement’ according to a report published this week by the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland. A joint inspection in April and June last year looked at how well the health and social work services partnership between NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar were working. This week’s report from the inspectors listed some positives, but also outlined crucial areas for improvement. Of nine key areas, inspectors rated only one as ‘good’ and five as ‘adequate’. Three indicators were evaluated as weak and the report contains twelve recommendations for improvement. The report comes just a few days ahead of new working arrangements under an Integrated Joint Board, which takes over the reins on health and social care from April 1st. They’ll be faced with addressing what the report called "important weaknesses” including delayed discharge from hospital and long waits for home care support or a place at a care home. Early diagnosis of dementia and support to carers also needed to be improved, but the report said front-line health and social work staff were well motivated and worked well together.
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Local News for Thursday 17th March 2016
Try Faroese model on mobile phones – MP
Techniques used in the Faroe islands could be tested in Scottish Islands, to speed up delivery of reliable mobile phone networks, according to Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil. This week Mr MacNeil met with the Chair and CEO of the Faroese telecom company along with Huw Saunders from Ofcom, to discuss ways of expanding mobile phone networks, particularly in the Scottish Islands. Mr MacNeil MP said: “It is very interesting to know that in the Faroe Islands with a population of only 50,000, has already completed a 3G roll-out of 50 masts, including full signal in their two undersea tunnels. 120 masts and 4G will be completed by July across the entire Faroe Islands. Faroes Telecom believes one of the island groups of Scotland should manage to bring 4G with only about 25 masts, given the high speed broadband which is arriving in the islands. I am anxious, along with other Scottish MPs, to help bring forward a trial on one of the island groups so that we can start to bring us up to the standards which the Faroe Islands have, with its far more challenging geography than we have in Scotland”.
Read more: Local News for Thursday 17th March 2016