Plans to make an overnight ferry journey the default option for NHS Shetland patients travelling to Aberdeen have been discarded after the health board instead agreed to accept a new deal on fares from airline Loganair.
Island patients are having to make too many wasted trips to the mainland, MSPs on Holyrood’s health and sport committee have been told.
‘Saving money by forcing people on a 14-hour ferry instead of a quick flight to Aberdeen not acceptable’
An MSP has insisted that funding must increase for NHS Shetland rather than making cuts to patients' travel.
There has been a softening in NHS Shetland's stance on its controversial travel policy, which might ultimately result in the health board ditching unpopular plans to make an overnight ferry trip the default option for patients.
NHS Highland has recorded one of the lowest average cancer waiting times in Scotland - despite one patient put on hold for almost a year before being treated.
Health chiefs on Shetland were under fire last night over plans to start sending patients on a 12-hour overnight ferry for treatment in Aberdeen.
NHS Shetland is publicising a trio of GP vacancies in Yell and Unst as it seeks to attract doctors to fill roles that have been carried out by locums for months.
Thousands of people are being forced to travel to other parts of the country to undergo vital treatments, new figures have revealed.
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has criticised the local health board's "inaction" after it was confirmed that the island of Bressay will be without a resident nurse this winter.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have attacked the SNP's "relentless" centralisation of services, amid fears northern isles NHS boards could be abolished.
Shetland is in the top five for obesity problems in the UK, with an alarming one in four children having weight problems by the time they start primary school.
A Shetland nurse is to face a hearing later this month accused of "aggressive" and "intimidating" behaviour towards vulnerable patients.
Dead patients across Scotland have accidently been sent questionnaires asking them how they rated their stays in hospital.
The future of a single-handed independent GP practice in Shetland has been secured, the local health board confirmed yesterday.
Hospitals across the north and north-east are to get more than £1.3million to improve emergency care.
Accident and emergency waiting times have improved across the north and north-east.
The performance of accident and emergency departments across the north and north-east took a dip last week.
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has clashed with the Scottish health secretary over funding for the islands’ health board.
NHS Grampian’s performance in treating accident and emergency (A&E) patients has worsened to a new record low.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have demanded an explanation after independent research showed health boards in the north and north-east are “still being short changed”.
Children may need them to run all those toys under the Christmas tree - but button batteries can be dangerous.
Health boards across the north and north-east have set out plans for how to manage the extra demands on services this winter.
NHS Grampian's performance has worsened against a key cancer treatment target putting it at the bottom of the Scottish league table.
The former NHS Shetland headquarters in Lerwick will be redeveloped as a Holiday Inn Express hotel opening early 2016.
Scotland's first mobile scanner able to measure patients' bone-density has been launched in the north-east.
An influential Holyrood committee will write to Historic Scotland over a campaign to protect a sacred site to the travelling community.
A senior NHS Shetland official has said local women were not being "disadvantaged" even though breast cancer screening is only carried out every three years.
Health boards in the north and north-east are missing key targets for the treatment of cancer patients.