Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil is calling on the Scottish Ambulance Service to review the ambulance provision in South Harris.
This call follows reports of ambulance delays. At a recent incident, a casualty in Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris had to wait 90 minutes for an ambulance to arrive on the scene.
Commenting Angus MacNeil said:
“I have been approached by the brother of a casualty who required medical assistance and had to wait 90 minutes for an ambulance to arrive from Stornoway. Thankfully, Dr Naylor the local GP, was on the scene within minutes, however because the ambulance in Tarbert was busy at the time of this incident, an ambulance had to come from Stornoway.
“We all appreciate the financial implications of having an ambulance based in Leverburgh but what cost can be put on saving a life?
“Leverburgh is the largest village in South Harris, it is a 30 minute drive from the nearest ambulance based in Tarbert, and it is evident that an ambulance should be based in Leverburgh once again.
“I am writing to the Scottish Ambulance Service to review the ambulance provision in Leverburgh. An ambulance based in Leverburgh will provide peace of mind to the community.”