Earlier this week representatives from the North Skye, Raasay and Glenelg communities met with new NHS Highland chief executive Iain Stewart, after constituency MSP Kate Forbes arranged discussion events with the different groups.
On Monday (8 April), Mr Stewart spent an hour in Glenelg, Portree and Raasay discussing what could be done to improve healthcare in each respective area and also ensure it would be sustainable for the future.
Kate Forbes MSP has been campaigning for all three communities, and one of the first things she did after the new chief executive was appointed was secure these round table meetings.
The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said: “I’m delighted that within a few months of starting his job, the new chief executive of NHS Highland agreed to meet communities in Glenelg, Portree and Raasay.
“A lot of progress has been made in the short time since he started, which is great, and so this was an opportunity to update these communities in person.
“Of course, there is still a lot of work to do and it cannot be solved in one meeting or overnight.
“However, I think the fact that Iain Stewart is there sitting round the table with members of the community shows how far we’ve come in a short of time.
“I’m heartened that both the new chair and the new chief executive understand rural communities and have publicly stated their intention to support those communities.
“These conversations will hopefully be the first of many, and allow local people to share their concerns, aspirations and demands for local healthcare in those respective areas.
“There are no easy fixes, but there is consensus amongst everybody of the need for sustainable, resilient, locally-delivered healthcare and that is what we all want to see.”