Saturday, June 15, 2019
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Kate Forbes MSP has urged those living in the north of the island to make their voices heard in the external review of healthcare provision.

Sir Lewis Ritchie, commissioned by NHS Highland, is on Skye this week for a series of meetings relating to the review, and it is expected that he will report his findings in April.  

Kate Forbes MSP is urging everyone who has previously been in contact with her, by attending surgeries and special meetings, or through phone calls, letters and emails, to make their concerns known.

Following the recent temporary suspension of out-of-hours services at Portree Hospital, the Skye MSP said that healthcare provision in the north of the island has got to be sustainable and reliable.

Ms Forbes added that there were “real questions” to be answered by NHS Highland on forward planning, recruitment and managing healthcare on Skye. 

Sir Lewis Ritchie can be emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to or by writing to Maimie Thompson, Head of Public Relations and Engagement, NHS Highland, Assynt House, Inverness, IV2 3BW. 

Kate Forbes MSP said: “I strongly urge anybody with views on out of hours and urgent care in Portree to make sure they contact Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie.

“During the course of this review, it is critical that everybody has the opportunity to contribute their views.

“Many people have raised concerns with me in the past and that is partly why I supported this external view.

“I would now recommend that everybody email Sir Lewis Ritchie with their experiences, comments and concerns.”

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