Tavish has called for NHS Shetland to look closely at the impact of its decision to change its travel policy. NHS Shetland’s board today voted for patients in need of treatment in Aberdeen to be offered ferry travel, with only a few exceptions for those requring travel by plane.
Commenting, Tavish Scott said:
“I am very concerned by any suggestion that patients would be forced to endure a 12 hour overnight ferry journey compared to a 45 minute flight to Aberdeen.
“This proposal needs to be very carefully assessed both from patients’ perspective, the impact on Loganair and the impact on public money being used to provide ADS financial assistance for Shetlanders flying south.
“The NHS cannot act without recognising the wider Shetland perspective.”