Monday, November 18, 2019
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MP Ian Blackford has added his voice to the growing concerns about NHS Highland's plans to redesign hospital services on Skye.

Less than a week ago the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee said it would be taking a more detailed local at the plans. They now want to further consult the Scottish Government and Scottish Ambulance Service on a petition from island campaigners which have called for an Independent Scrutiny Panel to examine NHS Highland's proposals.

Already MSP Kate Forbes has supported moves for greater scrutiny and now Mr Blackford has also commented.

He said: "Concerns have been expressed to me about health care provision in parts of Skye following the decision to build a new hospital in Broadford. It is of course good news that a new, modern hospital is being built, which will also serve areas of Ross-shire, but the concerns raised by people living in the North of the Island still have to be addressed.

" I will be discussing these with the authorities to ensure that the needs of everyone are taken into consideration.

"I welcome the investment in Broadford...but at the same time I recognise the concern of people up in the north of the island."

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