Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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A steering group has been formed to help implement Sir Lewis Ritchie's report into Out-of-Hours (OOH) healthcare.

The group was formed at a meeting in Tigh na Sgire on Wednesday 18 July 2018.  It was decided that the group will be made up of community representatives, local practitioners, and staff from NHS Highland, NHS24 and the emergency services. The Scottish Ambulance Service is working with the project and will also be a key player.

The meeting reviewed progress so far, working from the first interim report to the Scottish Government. The meeting stressed the urgency in finalising plans and starting to get improved services on the ground.

David Noble, the Independent Facilitator, said: “The project is now up and running. Community involvement is vital to producing solutions that will work and be safe and sustainable. That means that there has to be community representation on the working groups that are charged with putting the Ritchie Review recommendation into practice. I’m impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of everyone involved.”

A project website has been launched to give wide public access to documents and information. To find out more, click here. Anyone has thoughts on the project or would be interested in getting involved can contact David through this website.

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