MP highlights difficulties caused by lack of inter-island flights

Cuts to inter-island flights are causing problems for Uist and Barra patients.
Cuts to inter-island flights are causing problems for Uist and Barra patients.

Western Isles MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil has written to NHS Western Isles to ask that arrangements are put in place for a sonographer to travel to Uist one day per week to undertake appointments.

Mr MacNeil has been made aware of a pregnant woman who requires to attend Raigmore Hospital regularly for an ultra sound scan.

Mr MacNeil has also written to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, who chose to cut inter-island flights, to again highlight the impact this is having on islanders, particularly people who need to travel for hospital appointments and to ask that inter-island flights are reinstated.

Commenting Mr MacNeil said: “I recently met with a couple who have been telling me about their difficulties in having to attend Raigmore Hospital for regular ultra sound scans.

“NHS Western Isles should be taking steps to have a sonographer visit Uist one day per week, to help expectant mothers, who are in need of extra checks.

“The decision taken by the Comhairle to cut the inter-island flights continues to cause travel difficulties. Historically, people from Uist could fly from Benbecula - Stornoway - Inverness, however since the axing of flights on a Monday and Friday between Stornoway and Benbecula, this has caused endless problems.

“I am also writing to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to highlight this issue and to again call on them to reinstate the inter-island flights for the good of all islanders.”