The Western Isles Labour Parliamentary candidate, Alasdair Morrison, has called for funding to address hospital bed blocking issues.
He wants to see funds allocated to Bethesda Care Home, Stornoway to fund an extension.
Speaking following a meeting with DR Macdonald at the care home Mr Morrison said: “Despite the best efforts of our excellent NHS staff they are working in demanding conditions where too many of their patients are being kept in hospital when they should really be cared for in a “step-down” facility.
“ I was shown today the facility that could house these much needed beds for people who don’t need the level of medical care a hospital provides but need to be cared for in a facility that will see them through the period until they are fit enough to return to their own homes.
“Both the council and the local health board are to be commended for allocating revenue money that would pay for the day-to-day running of these beds.
“Currently there is room in the upper part of Bethesda that could accommodate these much needed beds, which in turn would immediately relieve the bed blocking at the Western Isles hospital.
“I was told during my visit to Bethesda that capital support of around £450,000 pounds would allow for this facility to be furnished and allow Bethesda to care for people who are looking for a step down facility which in turn will allow them to return to their own homes when they improve.
“If the SNP is serious about tackling this challenge the minister must address this matter immediately by providing capital funding.”