Caithness campaigners warned NHS bosses yesterday that "the gloves are off" in their battle against health reforms.
There has been a 52% increase in patient transfers from Caithness General to other hospitals in the past five years, according to the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Highland health chiefs provoked fury last night by announcing the "temporary" closure of an emergency care unit at a hospital in Caithness.
Dozens of women have been recalled for a repeat ultrasound because of concerns over the quality of scans at a Highland hospital.
Councillors want an urgent independent review of NHS Highland's controversial shake-up of Caithness General Hospital's maternity services amid huge local opposition to the plans.
A controversial shake-up of maternity services in Caithness is poised to go ahead despite a series high-profile blunders involving young mothers.