The Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee will write to the Scottish Government again about concerns relating to the redesign of health services in Skye and Lochalsh. 

Constituency MSP Kate Forbes participated in the discussion session, and highlighted the growing pressures on the provision of care and palliative beds. 

Afterwards the Skye MSP said: “From the meetings and correspondence I have had, it is loud and clear from both the north and south of the island that we need robust and dependable health services on Skye. 

“I attended the Public Petitions Committee on behalf of Skye residents again because I know how much interest there is in the outcome of this petition.

“I am pleased that the cross-party committee spent so much time asking questions and discussing the petition.”

Kate Forbes MSP added: “Despite a recommendation to close the petition, I made the case for it to remain open until we have assurances.

“I suggested that the committee invite the petitioners back to give evidence and there was also a suggestion about a roundtable discussion with petitioners, NHS Highland and MSPs, however neither of these options were agreed. 

“Instead MSPs are going to write once again to Shona Robison, the Cabinet Secretary for Health.”

She concluded: “The petition has been open for over 18 months now, and letters have gone back and forth about expectations around emergency care, care beds and community engagement which don’t always marry with the reality on the ground. 

“I asked MSPs to make sure there is something tangible before they close the petition. 

“The committee needs tangible evidence about the process being followed correctly or services being provided.”