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Raasay has resorted to social media to try and resolve the long running discontent over lack of nursing cover for the island.

The disillusionment of islanders over the failure to find someone to fill the vacant post was made clear during a recent meeting with NHS Highland when locals made their views known and called for action to resolve the issue.

Now it seems they have decided not to just sit and wait. Via the Raasay's Facebook page they have put out a call to help bring the much need medical cover to the island.

Under a title of "Please share with any nurses or paramedics you know" the island community look to have started their own recruitment campaign with just days left before the closing date for the post.

In an open appeal they say: "Have you ever fancied living and working on a Scottish island?

"The Isle of Raasay, in the Inner Hebrides, is just a 25 minute ferry trip from Skye. With a friendly population of around 170 mostly based in the village of Inverarish, a hotel and outdoor activity centre, a primary school, a well-stocked shop and Post Office, a distillery in the process of being built and numerous active community groups, there are also opportunities for all sorts of adventures both on and off the island.

"Up until July 2015, we had 24/7 nursing cover provided by a rota of nurses. We are keen to get the equivalent of that cover back.

"If you are interested in living here, and working here as a nurse or paramedic (including some out-of-hours time on call, and the odd stint on Skye), please contact Gill McVicar, Director of Operations North and West Highland, on 01349 869221 or 07721 466240 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 31/08/16."

The island's campaign is not dissimilar to that which has recently taken place on Muck. As reported in the Skye Times through social media they managed to attract attention from around the world and education bosses received no less than 300 applications for the head teacher's post on the island after previously appearing to have very little success in attracting interest.

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