Health Secretary to meet Portree Hospital campaigners

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Next week the Scottish Government’s Health Secretary will visit Skye at the invitation of constituency MSP Kate Forbes.

On Monday (May 27) Jeane Freeman MSP is expected to meet with healthcare campaigners, as well as patients and staff at Portree Hospital, Broadford Hospital and Lochalsh Healthcare Centre.

The visit to Portree Hospital is particularly significant, following Sir Lewis Ritchie’s review on healthcare provision, which stated that the hospital in Skye’s biggest population centre must remain open.

Ms Forbes commented: ‘As part of my efforts to support hardworking local campaigners, last year I invited the Health Secretary to come to Skye to meet with them and I am delighted that she is due to visit next week.

‘Since her appointment, I’ve had a number of encouraging conversations with Jeane Freeman about ensuring excellent healthcare is delivered locally in Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh.

‘I know that she will be keen to see progress on Ritchie Report and hear directly from people about their experiences.

‘I love welcoming Scottish Government ministers to my constituency and this latest visits follows hot on the heels of other ministerial visits to Skye.’