Crowds turned out yesterday (Friday 26 January) for a silent protest at Portree Hospital.

The protesters had a chance to share their views and experiences on local healthcare.  

Rhoda Grant, Labour MSP, attended the protest in order to meet constituents with Elaine Mead, Chief Executive of the NHSH Board.  They met with group members and other senior NHSH staff for over an hour and a range of issues were discussed.

Save Portree Hospital Facebook page stated: "The outcomes of the meeting were limited to promises to investigate the situation regarding Raasay and of a few specific instances where care has fallen short of expectation. On the key issues of 24/7 A&E and 12 beds in Portree hospital and maternity service provision across the area, the weight of public concern was noted but there was no sign of movement.

"As a consequence we will be inviting Elaine Mead, David Alston and Gill MacVicar to a public meeting on Skye to give them an opportunity to convince us that their 'design' will improve the quality of healthcare provision in the North of Skye."