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A Benbecula breast cancer patient is urging islanders to write to Isles MSP Alasdair Allan over the current state of patient travel links.

Fearing that some people choose not to travel due to fear of flying on the 8-seater Hebridean Air aircraft and lack of onward connections, Pam Roe (54) is also worried the islands’ poor transport network is discouraging young families from moving to the islands.

Pam shared a letter she wrote to Dr Allan and Deputy First Minister Kate Forbes about her experience travelling to and from Inverness and Glasgow because she cannot receive chemotherapy in Stornoway.

Since Hebridean Air took over the inter-island route in April, her flights to Stornoway for Inverness hospital appointments have been far from comfortable.

She told the politicians, “ I have to fly to Stornoway every three weeks on the noisiest 8-seater plane I have ever been on. I have to wear earplugs as it’s so loud, and even then, it’s still hideously loud. 

“This isn’t me being difficult; the airline provides them as they appreciate how loud it is. I do wonder whether the decibels are, in fact, at a legal level for public transport?”