Dear Mr Gray,
Discussions, consultations and public engagement
I write in relation to the above, following on from the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee meeting last week at which you gave evidence.
During your evidence we discussed the need for Health Boards throughout Scotland to engage and consult better with both elected members and the public. I am most concerned that at present, NHS Highland has a very poor rapport with the public and is failing in its duties to keep elected members fully informed on matters arising, for example, as the member of parliament I could have communicated with my constituents to let them know about two minor injuries units in Ross-shire operating with reduced hours due to staffing. I only discovered that there was an issue when a constituent came to me to complain that they had to travel all the way to Inverness to get crutches.
I write to ask what the communications strategy for NHS Highland is? I would also be most obliged if you could note my concern that their relationships with the public is far from ideal.
I look forward to your response.