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Call for better healthcare access

An industry body will call for better healthcare services in remote areas north of the border, it has been announced.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland will tell MSPs that health boards must make sure people living in rural places can access services whenever they need to.

It will say that improved technologies should be introduced to provide more care at home in a bid to give people increased access.

The move would see healthcare move away from concerns over the boundaries between doctors and nurses to focus on the needs of patient.

In advance of a meeting at the Liberal Democrat conference in Perth, Eileen Frame, Chair of RCN Scotland, said: "New technology must be invested in so that people living in remote and rural areas can be treated at home or in their local community rather than having to travel huge distances to be in hospital."

Norma Laurenson, a nurse who works in the Gilbert Bain Hospital on Shetland, said: "Technology allowing links between remote hospitals and larger urban hospitals is vital in allowing patients to access healthcare close to home."

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