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Many island children are unable to get an appointment for physiotherapy in the Western Isles.

 

A large number of frustrated parents and carers met with health representatives in Stornoway last Tuesday to discuss the issue with NHS Western Isles and the Integrated Joint Board.

 

The Stornoway-based paediatric physiotherapist retired in June and the post has not been filled.

 

But one parent pointed out the problem is not new in the islands and has been an issue for some time.

 

They said: “Children have had to go to Glasgow to be seen by a specialist physiotherapist.”

 

“We have been fighting about the lack of physio for our children even when there was a specialist physiotherapist in place.”

 

Concerned families have raised the issue with MSP Alasdair Allan.

 

Mr Allan commented: “II understand that the post has been advertised twice and that efforts continue to fill the post.

 

“I appreciate that the IJB and Western Isles have recognised these concerns and have confirmed they will work with both parents and carers closely on this issue.”

 

In the immediate short term, there are “clearly concerns” among the parents “which need to be addressed” he stated.

 

 

 

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