Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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Growing fears over the future of Portree Hospital have been raised with the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon by Skye's constituency MSP Kate Forbes.

Ms Forbes spoke out during First Minister's Questions in the Holyrood chamber earlier today (28 September) to highlight the increasing concerns about the long-term future of Portree Hospital.

Afterwards she said she will not be satisfied with anything less than a robust emergency service at the hospital.

In response, Nicola Sturgeon said the Health Secretary Shona Robison had received commitments from NHS Highland "that out-of-hours cover and emergency cover at Portree Hospital are remaining" and the health board must "meaningfully engage with local stakeholders".

Kate Forbes MSP will be meeting again tomorrow (Friday 29 September) with the campaign group SOS Skye in Portree.  The Skye MSP said: "At the beginning of the redesign process, NHS Highland assured people right across Skye and Lochalsh that there would be no changes to the existing emergency care provision at Portree Hospital.

"Over the summer admissions were closed and there was the recent temporary suspension of out-of-hours care. As a result, fears have continued to grow amongst residents about emergency care provision.

"We should rightly expect a standard of local healthcare, that applies right across Scotland and must include all of Skye.

"I am not content with anything less than robust emergency care at Portree Hospital, and that is why I raised it with the First Minister of Scotland.

"The First Minister told me that out-of-hours and emergency cover will remain at Portree Hospital, and we must ensure the reality on the ground matches up to what is being promised by the health board.

"I will continue to listen and to work with constituents and politicians to ensure that the people of Skye can have confidence in their healthcare services."

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