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Petition by Jenna McDonald Fiona Henderson  
 
Closed Petitions - Petition PE1243  
Petition by Jenna McDonald and Fiona Henderson calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that funding of local hospitals in rural areas is increased to ensure they are properly equipped and staffed in order to treat more local people thereby better meeting the needs of the local population and ending the need for patients to undertake long journey times for treatments.  
Petitioner: Jenna McDonald Fiona Henderson  
Number of signatures: 114  
Date lodged: 20 March 2009  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1243 
Summary:

Written Submissions for PE1243  

30 March 2009 :   The Committee took oral evidence from Jenna MacDonald and Fiona Henderson and agreed to write to the Scottish Government and Grampian, Highland and Borders NHS boards seeking responses to the issues raised in the petition.<Link to Official Report 30 March 2009  

16 June 2009 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a further response to specific points. <Link to Official Report 16 June 2009  

3 November 2009 :   The Committee agreed to close the petition on the grounds that the Scottish Government has acknowledged that the key to sustainable services in remote and rural communities is the availability of appropriately trained and skilled staff, with a new training programme for doctors being developed to provide training which to allow them to acquire the skills required to work in rural general hospitals. Further, that practitioners with a special interest are being developed to support local care needs of children, people with mental health problems and those with a learning disability. In addition, the use of e-health and telemedicine are being extended throughout Scotland. <Link to Official Report 3 November 2009 

 
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