I hope this is the last posting on this previously vexed subject. The Health Service in the islands has run up a deficit of more than £3 million in the earlier years of this decade, resulting from poor management practices. Those responsible have since left the organisation, after a vociferous campaign to oust them.
The Scottish Government has given the Health Board a loan of 3.1 million pounds to wipe clean the slate. NHS WI has managed to break even in recent times. The money is due to be repaid over six years, starting in 3 years from now.
I sincerely hope this is the closure of a dark chapter in the island's health service history, and that we can now move forward, without having to look back too much.
Source: BBC Highlands and Islands