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Highland MSP Edward Mountain announces details of his ‘Let’s Talk Health’ summit

By Scott Maclennan

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MSP Edward Mountain outside Raigmore Hospital. Picture: James Mackenzie.
MSP Edward Mountain outside Raigmore Hospital. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The future of health care provision in the Highlands will be up for discussion next week as MSP Edward Mountain is set to host his ‘Let’s Talk Health’ summit.

The event is to take place at 7pm, Friday September 8 in Inverness and will include a panel discussion and an audience Q&A session.

Entry is free to the summit and tickets can be secured by following this link.

Alongside Mr Mountain will be a high ranking NHS Highland panel including:

  • David Park, Deputy Chief Officer, NHS Highland
  • Dr Boyd Peters, Medical Director, NHS Highland
  • Dr Tracey Sturgeon, Service Lead Gynaecology, NHS Highland
  • Dr Adam Archibald, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, NHS Highland
  • Dr Sean Kelly, Orthopaedic Surgeon, NHS Highland

New hospital

The launch of the ‘Let’s Talk Health’ summit comes as Edward Mountain MSP continues his campaign for a brand new acute general teaching hospital to replace the aging Raigmore facility.

The issue of a brand new district hospital as well as reducing waiting times, increasing rural GP numbers and attracting more health care professionals to remote and rural areas will be key discussion themes at the ‘Let’s Talk Health’ summit.

He said: “Now is the time for our region to begin a wide-ranging conversation as to what it needs from its health service and how this can be delivered sustainably.

“That’s why I am excited to announce the launch of a ‘Let’s Talk Health’ summit where Highlanders will get the chance to share their views on the health care model they would like and discuss these with a diverse panel of health care professionals.

“While we have seen good progress in some areas recently, such as the opening of the National Treatment Centre, Highlanders continue to experience long waiting lists, an A&E crisis, insufficient rural GPs and the centralisation of too many local health services.

“Raigmore Hospital has also been recognised by the Scottish Government and NHS Highland as not being fit for the future. Therefore, it is clear our health care provision in the Highlands needs a rethink and ultimately a redesign.

“The ‘Let’s Talk Health’ summit is an opportunity to hear from the public and health care professionals as to how this redesign should be shaped and how it can successfully meet the unique needs of our region”.

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