Concerns mount about Skye health provision
THE Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee is to again write to the Scottish Government over growing concerns about the redesign of health services in Skye and Lochalsh.
Constituency MSP Kate Forbes participated in the discussion session and highlighted the growing pressures on the provision of care and palliative beds.
Afterwards, the Skye MSP said it is loud and clear that both the north and south of the island wants ‘ robust and dependable services’.
She said: ‘I attended the Public Petitions Committee on behalf of Skye residents again because I know how much interest there is in the outcome of this petition.
‘I am pleased that the cross-party committee spent so much time asking questions and discussing the petition.’
Ms Forbes added: ‘Despite a recommendation to close the petition, I made the case for it to remain open until we have assurances.
‘I suggested that the committee invite the petitioners back to give evidence and there was also a suggestion about a round-table discussion with petitioners, NHS Highland and MSPs. However, neither of these options was agreed.’
It was said that MSPs are now going to write again to Shona Robison, the health secretary.
Ms Forbes concluded: ‘The petition has been open for more than 18 months now, and letters have gone back and forth about expectations around emergency care, care beds and community engagement which don’t always marry with the reality on the ground.
‘I asked MSPs to make sure there is something tangible before they close the petition.
‘The committee needs tangible evidence about the process being followed correctly or services being provided.’
Kate Forbes MSP.