Potential loss of vital service
Funding cuts will take toll on support for visually impaired children and adults in Highland and the Islands.
THOUSANDS of vulnerable people will be failed if NHS Highland refuses to properly fund a rehabilitation service for adults and children with blindness and impaired vision in Highland and the Western Isles.
The grim prediction came last night from Sight Action, a local Charity, whose team of Rehabilitation officers have been delivering support to more than 2700 blind and partially sighted people since 2008 under contract to the health board.
Sight Action Executive Manager, Gillian Mitchell, said, that as the Health Board are unwilling to adequately meet service funding needs, it will be forced not to bid to renew its contract next month, because the funding cuts will mean it is unable to deliver a service that meets NHS Highland Quality Approach.
She believes the Health Board’s intention is to take the service in-house and says this move would be fraught with danger.