The Western Isles Labour party has voiced its opposition to axing the present dentists’
surgeries in Uist.
Islanders are fiercely opposed to the plan to have a centralised surgery within the
Patients face round trips of up to 60 miles to see the nearest dentist if clinics
in Lochmaddy and Liniclate shut. The Lochboisdale was closed with little notice last
The Western Isles integrated joint board was evenly split on a motion not to proceed
with the hub model.
Now it is up to for the chief executives of the comhairle and NHS Western Isles to
come to a joint final decision.
The Western Isles Constituency Labour Party said there should be three sites across
Uist - a move overwhelmingly supported by islanders, local groups and community councils.
A spokesman said the local party calls on the local Integrated Joint Board to “heed
the unanimous opinion” of consultees about dental provision across the Uists and
the Scottish Government to adequately fund the NHS to “meet the clearly demonstrated
needs” and non-party political decisions of islands’ communities.
Any other decision of the IJB would be a contradiction of its own policy statements
that ‘Your Views Matter,’ he added.