Diagnosis danger

IN RESPONSE to Dr Alan Rodger’s concerns (Letters 4 April) about the parlous state of oncology treatment in Scotland, it may be worth considering what effect official attitudes may have on this problem.

We have a crackpot organisation called Nuclear Free Local Authorities, which logically must include in its remit opposition to all forms of nuclear medicine, even X-rays .

This scare-mongering extends to the Scottish Government. Last year we had Alex Salmond signing with a flourish a letter of complaint to the UK government that the Scottish Government had not been informed of a “serious” incident at Dounreay (actually it had, through Sepa, and it was a very minor affair). On television this same almost trivial incident was compared for all the world to hear to Fukushima by a young idiot in the Scottish Government, and we seem to have had pages of overblown coverage of Gordon Brown’s concerns about some radioactive particles on a Scottish beach.

Sign up to our Opinion newsletter

Sign up to our Opinion newsletter

Couldn’t all of this stuff have some bearing on the serious shortage of staff in oncology departments which so concerns Dr Rodger ?


Kirkland Road

Terregles, Dumfries