Surgeons fear ARI is reaching ‘critical point’

By Tim Pauling

Published: 13/12/2013

Surgeons have taken the “exceptional” step of writing to NHS Grampian’s board chairman to raise concerns at plans to cut the number of beds at the north-east’s flagship hospital.

Consultants fear the shake-up could mean they would be unable to carry out complex operations for cancer and heart problems and only provide an emergency service at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI).

In a letter to board chairman Bill Howatson seen by the Press and Journal, doctors have claimed ARI is already at a “critical point”.

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