Millionth Visitor


23 March 2007


The Scottish Parliament’s millionth visitor was a Liosach. When 11 year old Eilidh Willis and the pupils of Lismore Primary School organised a petition asking for the reinstatement of the island relief nurse and took it to MSP George Lyon at the Scottish Parliament, she and they became the centre of media and MSP attention. They could not have wished for greater publicity. So, after Eilidh had been presented with a silver salver, they got down to business and told First Minister Jack McConnell, MSP George Lyon (see below) and the rest how concerned they were that in the evening and the weekends, when the nurse practitioner is off duty, islanders have to rely on a doctor being able to get across on the ferry or a helicopter arriving to deal with the sick or injured. Both are time and weather dependent which means islanders of all ages feel very vulnerable. Why, they wanted to know, after having 24/7 nursing cover in the past, they are now denied it. Despite the 8 hour round trip and the media scrum, they put their case very clearly.


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