New bid to restart Raasay healthcare discussion with NHS Highland

A meeting aimed at reviving efforts for adequate nursing provision on the island of Raasay will be held on Friday (10 March) by arrangement of constituency MSP Kate Forbes.

The Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP believes that NHS Highland must “understand the challenges facing the island community” rather than simply “imposing solutions” from a distance.

The meeting takes place in Raasay Community Hall from 11am to 1pm.

Islanders have been without resident out of hours nursing provision since July 2015, and recruitment efforts since then have proved unsuccessful for a permanent nurse on the island.

Friday’s meeting, at which NHS Highland chair David Alston will be present, will give Raasay residents the opportunity to have a direct input into the way forward.

It is being perceived as an opportunity for restarting discussion, and the constituency MSP hopes that NHS Highland will accept the need to revisit and reconsider what can be done.

Kate Forbes MSP explained: “This has been a long time coming but I am pleased that the Chair of NHS Highland, David Alston, is coming to Raasay at my invitation.

“I have said for some time that we need to start again, that there is no point in NHS Highland imposing solutions on the community without understanding what the challenges are facing the community.

“I hope that this meeting is the first meeting of a new process, during which the community can influence what healthcare they receive on the island – during hours, out of hours and emergency evacuation.”

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