NHS Western Isles is seeking the comments of island residents in a Public Consultation meeting to be held on Thursday, November 29th, regarding revisions made in the NHSWI Gaelic Language Plan.

The refurbished NHSWI Gaelic Language Plan (GLP) has been produced in line with the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, which requires every public body in Scotland to create a GLP.

“Gaelic is a precious part of our history and culture, and our renewed Plan will help to ensure it can be a flourishing and sustainable part of our future,” said NHSWI Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson.

“We have seen some encouraging results from our earlier work and there is still more to do. Our plan aims to increase the number of speakers and users, and to secure the status of our language. We will continue to explore new ways of achieving our aims.”

The NHSWI Gaelic Language Plan II draft is available to view online at www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk/community-engagement

And island residents are invited to voice their thoughts at the NHSWI GLP Public Consultation meeting, starting at 7.30pm on Thursday, November 29th, in the Hospital Chapel at Western Isles Hospital, Macaulay Road, Stornoway.

NHSWI Operational Diversity Lead, Murdo Macleod, commented: “Given that Gaelic has permeated so much of civic and cultural life in the islands, we hope that our refreshed commitments will strike a chord with the public whom we seek to serve, as well as with our multi-agency partners.

“We therefore look forward to feedback on, and dialogue about, our GLP proposals that will inform the final approved Plan in a meaningful way.”