Local News for Wednesday 7th November 2017

The Move More Western Isles programme of activities was launched recently, aimed at helping islanders with long term conditions (LTC’s) including cancer, to be more physically active.
NHS Western Isles, MacMillan Cancer Support and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, have worked together to deliver the programme. Participants are referred to the Move More programme by health professionals.
Speaking at the MoveMore Western Isles launch, NHSWI Vice Chair, Mr Iain Burgess said: ‘Our goal is to have a healthier population of people who have been affected by cancer and other LTC’s, by their participation in more activity which suits their lifestyles.’

Also, CnES Convenor, Mr NA MacDonald commented: ‘we will deliver the Move More programme using a range of traditional and innovative uses of new technology. We will improve physical activity provision for people affected by LTC’s (including cancer) in rural areas of the Western Isles, where exercise referral has not previously been possible and social isolation may be an additional issue.’

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed a series of recommendations made by the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee on Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services as part of a pre-budget scrutiny.

In a letter to the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, the Committee stressed It is essential that lifeline ferry services deliver services that are truly fit for purpose and that fully meet the needs of island communities, business needs and tourism.

The Comhairle contributed significantly to the Committee’s deliberations and the Chairman of Transportation and Infrastructure, Cllr Uisdean Robertson, said: ‘These recommendations are broadly to be welcomed and re-inforce the case that the Comhairle has been making in our own discussions with Scottish Government, CMAL, and CalMac. It is also of significant that the Committee is seeking confirmation from the Scottish Government on whether it intends to complete an Islands Impact Assessment on this year’s budget.’

NHS Western Isles is seeking the comments of island residents as it presents its revised Gaelic Language Plan for Community Engagement.
The refurbished NHSWI Gaelic Language Plan (GLP) has been produced in-line with the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, which requires every public body in Scotland to create a GLP.
NHSWI produced its inaugural GLP in 2012 (for 2012-2017), and the proposed Gaelic Language Plan II will cover 2018-2023.
To view the NHSWI Gaelic Language Plan II draft, please visit www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk/community-engagement to access a link to the complete draft Plan.

Island residents can make comments regarding the proposed Plan by responding directly to Murdo Macleod at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively by paper copy, addressed to: Operational Diversity Lead, NHS Western Isles, Western Isles Hospital, Macaulay Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2AF.

The NHSWI Gaelic Language Plan II Community Engagement will run until deadline of Thursday, December 6th, 2018.