Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has backed furious campaigners who are facing a 60-mile round trip to the dentist with the closure of their local surgery.
Last week, NHS Western Isles took the decision to shut the Lochboisdale Dental Clinic on South Uist which will leave patients having to make the long trip to get to the nearest dentist in Liniclate on neighbouring Benbecula.
Mr MacNeil is now calling on NHS Western Isles to listen to the communities who have serious concerns about the future of dental provision.
“It is extremely disappointing to see that NHS Western Isles have taken this step to close the Lochboisdale Dental Clinic,” he said.
“Dental patients will now have to make a 60 mile round trip to see a dentist, this will be very difficult for many people, particularly those who depend on public transport.
“People in Uist are extremely disappointed and angry, instead of reducing services NHS Western Isles must listen to communities.”
The Lochboisdale surgery is due to close for good on April 13 on the grounds of “quality and safety.”
The health board ruled the clinic would shut “as soon as practicable.”
A health board statement said: “A range of failings were identified during a recent environmental audit undertaken at Lochboisdale Dental Clinic by the NHS Western Isles Infection Prevention and Control Team.
“The extent and wide range of issues identified means that the premises cannot be rendered fully fit for purpose.
“This has resulted in the decision being taken to close the surgery on quality and safety grounds, and to provide services for current patients in alternative premises.”
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Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, study shows
Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, a new study shows, half of them in just four countries - China, India, the US and Russia.
Despite decades of tobacco control policies, population growth has seen an increased number of smokers, it warned.
Researchers said mortality could rise further as tobacco companies aggressively targeted new markets, especially in the developing world.
The report was published in the medical journal The Lancet.
"Despite more than half a century of unequivocal evidence of the harmful effects of tobacco on health, today, one in every four men in the world is a daily smoker," said senior author Dr Emmanuela Gakidou.
"Smoking remains the second largest risk factor for early death and disability, and so to further reduce its impact we must intensify tobacco control to further reduce smoking prevalence and attributable burden."
The Global Burden of Diseases report was based on smoking habits in 195 countries and territories between 1990 and 2015.
It found that nearly one billion people smoked daily in 2015 - one in four men and one in 20 women.
That was a reduction from one in three men and one in 12 women who lit up in 1990.
However, population growth meant there was an increase in the overall number of smokers, up from 870 million in 1990.
And the number of tobacco-related deaths - more than 6.4 million in 2015 - increased by 4.7% over the same period.
The study found some countries had succeeded in efforts to help people quit, mostly through a combination of higher taxes, warnings on packages and education programmes.
Over the 25-year period, Brazil had seen the percentage of daily smokers drop from 29% to 12% among men and from 19% to 8% among women.
But, the report said, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines saw no change from 1990 to 2015.
Russia saw smoking among women rise by 4% over the same period and similar trends were emerging in parts of Africa, the authors warned.