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Key Facts

Much consideration is given within the partnership’s strategic plan to depopulation and the ageing profile of the Western Isles’ inhabitants. By 2037, 31.7% of the population is predicted to be aged 65 or over – the greatest projected increase among all health and social care partnership areas. High rates of fuel poverty and alcohol misuse are acknowledged as two significant challenges for services. The total IJB budget for 2016-17 was just over £58m in an area with a population of approximately 26,900. The largest hospital is located in Stornoway.

Five localities have been identified in the region for the development of localities arrangements, namely: Barra and Vatersay; the Uists and Benbecula; Harris; rural Lewis; and Stornoway and Broadbay. As of July 2018 there were nine GP practices across the region.

Key Officials

Chief Officer: Dr Ron Culley

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