The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Community Health Services has launched an inquiry into how they missed my triple fracture to my arm and shoulder at their local hospital on St Mary’s.
It has accepted a formal complaint from me aimed not only aimed to find out how my injury was misdiagnosed but to look into why you can only get an X ray done on the islands for two hours a week.
Given that the Isles of Scilly is a tourist destination for walkers, sailors and scuba divers it seems to me essential that at least in the summer months there should be proper medical facilities to deal with accidents.
Otherwise beautiful as the islands are, staying on them could result in serious consequences for your health should you unfortunately trip over. I have still not got the full use of my arm back four months after the accident.
There is another reason to be worried. St Mary’s hospital is GP led and the government without announcing it in its manifesto is commtited to GP commissioning of services. The Isles of Scilly is probably the nearest place where GPs are in control – and will this mean penny pinching and cost saving?
The authority has promised to reply within 25 days. I will keep you posted.