Highland MSP Edward Mountain calls for Medical Trauma Response Team to be rescued

Edward Mountain.

Mr Mountain said lives should not be put at risk amid concerns over reduced service times for a ‘pioneering’ trauma service.

The Tories’ call came after 30 healthcare professionals wrote an open letter to NHS Highland asking it to rethink its use of emergency care funding.

The Pre-Hospital Immediate Trauma Care (PICT) team is facing reduced coverage from seven to four days a week after NHS Highland refused to increase funding for the service, the majority of which currently comes from a national program.

The PICT has been credited with reducing hospital admissions and the need for all those who need to be admitted to be treated by accident and emergency patients, as well as reducing the demand on the hospital service. ‘ambulance.

Mr Mountain said: ‘It took a lot of courage for these 30 medical professionals involved in the PICT service to come forward and put their names in an open letter.

“They are deeply alarmed by the cut in NHS Highland funding for the PICT and rightly so.

“Lives should not be put at risk by reducing the life-saving PICT service to four days.

“When concerns were first raised to me by constituents and those involved in the service, I urgently raised the matter with NHS Highland and asked them to reconsider the cut in funding.

“I have yet to receive a satisfactory response from the Board of Health and have therefore referred this matter to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care.

“This pioneering service is essential in responding to major traumatic incidents in the Highlands – we simply cannot afford to lose it.”

Mr Mountain launched a campaign to save the PICT and called on Health Secretary Humza Yousaf to step in and secure its future.

A spokesperson for NHS Highland said: ‘We are keen to work with clinicians to find a resolution to the concerns they have raised, and the future service model will be based on the best outcomes for our patients and service users.

“This will provide safe service models for emergency medicine to ensure patients and services are safe, efficient and to optimize care for all trauma patients.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: ‘Four leading trauma centers helping our most seriously injured patients have the best chance of speedy recovery are now operational in line with Scottish Ministers’ commitment to introduce a Scottish Trauma Network (STN) made to measure.

“Ministers expect the STN and trauma regions to prioritize funding to meet the remaining implementation targets, including PICT services.

“The PICT is a key part of a fully integrated STN service that enables an equitable approach to pre-hospital care across Scotland. The STN continues to fund the full-time service through an investment from the Scottish Government. We have committed £100m over the past five years and over £38m this year alone. »

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