Easter Ross councillor and Holyrood candidate Jamie Stone has said today that the Cabinet Secretary for Health Shona Robison should be "Strongly invited to travel north by road to Caithness General Hospital at this time of year".
Earlier this week the Chief Executive for NHS postponed a trip north due to ‘bad weather’.
Mr Stone said: "Only this way can it be brought home to the Scottish Government what we mean by the challenges of inclement weather and sheer distance to delivering NHS services in the Far North.
"Today's land slip that blocked the A9 south of Helmsdale and the stormy winter weather we have been experiencing show just how fraught with danger is any proposal to transport by road Far North patients to and from Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.
"Ultimately NHS services in the Highlands are subject to the budget and direction set by the Scottish Government.
"The NHS boss Elaine mead's refusal to come up the road to Caithness 'because of the bad weather' has given the whole game away - and for this very reason it is now crucial that the whole patient transport issue is brought to the urgent attention of those at the very top.
"First class NHS services must be delivered locally and no-one should be disadvantaged because of where they live. If there is an extra cost to this in the Far North, then that part and parcel of every citizen being afforded the same level of service. I am sure that Shona Robison will be made very welcome in Caithness - and her journey north will let her understand what we are all on about."