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Cabinet Secretary to Review NHS Highland's performance

Issued: 24 Jul 2008

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon will lead this year's Annual Review of NHS Highland's performance.

Members of the public are invited to a two hour long session on the afternoon of Wednesday 27th August where the health Board's achievements and challenges are discussed. People are encouraged to attend - either at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness or at one of four locations where a video conference facility will be offered. There will be a 30 minute Question and Answer session for participating members of the public. Individuals can submit questions in writing in advance and this year for the first time questions will also be taken from the floor.

NHS Highland chair Garry Coutts said: "The Annual Review is an opportunity to showcase some of the achievements of the past year including faster treatment for patients with cancer and many other conditions. It also gives us an opportunity to explain how we are preparing to meet next year's challenges of even shorter waiting times, improved access to NHS dental treatment and improving the health of local people. People are welcome to ask us questions about anything health related. We will get through as many questions as possible on the day and every question will be answered in writing."

The Annual Review is being held in the Centre for Health Science in Inverness on Wednesday 27th August starting at 2.15pm prompt. Video conferencing links are being set up in Wick, Golspie, Fort William and Lochgilphead in recognition of the long travelling distances to Inverness. The review will also be available on a live web cast.

Mr Coutts said: "Although we are in constant dialogue with patients and residents throughout the year I would encourage people to come along to find out about the tremendous amount of work underway to increase the number of people in Highland living longer and healthier lives."

Anyone wishing to submit a question is asked to mark it 'NHS Highland Annual Review' and post it to Scottish Health Council, Larch House, Stoneyfield Business Park, INVERNESS, IV2 7PA or email to highland@scottishhealthcouncil.org

For information on video-conferencing locations or the live web cast contact the Public Engagement Team, NHS Highland on 01463 704862 or email Nicola.morrison@hhb.scot.nhs.uk

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