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SNP Comhairle Candidates Condemn Lochboisdale Decision

 

Community must be heard on future of Dental Provision

 

SNP hopefuls Callum MacMillan and Donald Manford have hit out at NHS Western Isles for the recent decision to shut down the Lochboisdale Dental Clinic.

 

The decision was announced by NHS Western Isles last week. According to a health board statement “A range of failings were identified during a recent environmental audit undertaken at Lochboisdale Dental Clinic by the NHS Western Isles Infection Prevention and Control Team.”

 

The move has seen some patients left with round trips of up to 60 miles to see the nearest dentist in Liniclate. The move has been greeted with anger locally and the motive behind this decision has been widely questioned.

 

Callum MacMillan commented:

 

“This has clearly been done to coincide with the current plans for the Dental Hub in Benbecula. These have been rejected by communities in Uist at every opportunity yet officials in Stornoway continue to persist with them.

 

“If the building is genuinely unfit for purpose then why has it been allowed to operate in this condition for the last 3 years? Why was so little notification given to staff or patients? Why are patients now being expected to take round trips of up to 60 miles just to see a dentist?

 

“There are a huge number of unanswered questions the Health Board need to address. Gordon Jamieson should come to South Uist in person to answer them.”

 

Donald Manford commented:

 

“This is a stark illustration of what is currently wrong with the provision of public services the length of the Western Isles. Communities need to be at the forefront of decision making; they should not be viewed as obstacles to be sidestepped.

 

“Ignoring community needs, insults Locality Group objectives and disregards grassroots-up requirements, bringing Integrated Joint Board principles into disrepute."

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