Highland Councillor and Skye candidate for the Scottish Parliament Angela MacLean is calling on the Scottish Government and NHS Highland to set up an independent panel to assess health needs and policy for the island.
Angela said: “Having carefully considered the issue and spoken with many local people I have come to the conclusion that NHS Highland and the Scottish Government have utterly failed to listen and engage with communities on Skye.
“Before taking the decision to close an essential local service - especially the only major hospital in the north of Skye - a full public consultation should take place, a detailed assessment should be made available to communities, and the views of local people should carry meaningful weight.
“It’s not good enough to just make savings, or provide convenience for the NHS. The review should assess the impact on people’s lives, the future for communities and the local economy.
“There is still time for the Health Minister, the SNP and NHS Highland to take a breath, show that they care about the views of people on Skye, and commit to an independent review in this case. Local people have made it very clear that their concerns have not been listen to.
“It’s easy enough to close a hospital but much much harder to rebuild it once it’s gone. Everyone on Skye deserves to have reliable and safe access to emergency health care. The Scottish Government need to provide independent evidence that that will continue before people will even begin to listen.”