The Royal Bank of Scotland has been urged to order a review into the way it serves rural communities as MSPs joined forces to condemn bank branch closures yesterday.
Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP
Shadow health secretary Miles Briggs visited Orkney to tour the site of the new Balfour Hospital situated in Kirkwall.
The Scottish Government has again been forced to deny that it is plotting to merge health boards covering Grampian, Tayside and the Highlands and islands.
A new map has revealed the remote cash machines that will be protected from closure – but triggered “grave” concerns about the future of fragile communities last night.
Island airport chiefs should be sacked unless they agree to hold a thorough consultation on controversial car park charges, it was claimed yesterday.
MSPs have warned that a new banking crisis is emerging that risks creating “cashless communities” across the north and north-east.
Heart patients in the north-east will soon no longer face 200-mile round trips for life-saving operations after local services improved.
Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston has backed calls from a leading Scottish Parliament committee to investigate the impact of bank closures on rural and remote communities.
Health Secretary Shona Robison faced demands to help cut NHS Grampian waiting times yesterday after a north-east patient had to wait 16 months for heart surgery.
A defeat at Holyrood has left the Scottish Government with “no choice” but to help save lifeline ferries in the northern isles, it was claimed last night.
The Scottish Government will be challenged this week to safeguard the future of lifeline ferry services in the northern isles.
Highland MSPs were at the centre of a security alert in the Scottish Parliament yesterday after one was sent a “suspicious package” in the post.