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Highland councillors calls for more control over local lockdown measures


By Andrew Dixon

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Councillor Alasdair Christie.
Councillor Alasdair Christie.

CALLS are being made for Highland Council and NHS Highland to have more control over the management of any future coronavirus lockdowns.

Depute council leader Alasdair Christie and Lib-Dem colleague Gordon Adam will pressurise other councillors to agree the organisations should be allowed to tailor measures to suit “local circumstances”.

Their motion to full council today states: “As a result of its unique remoteness and scattered population, the Highlands have suffered a low incidence of Covid-19, with fortunately fewer fatalities than other areas of mainland Scotland. However, our fragile economy is likely to suffer disproportionately as a result of lockdown restrictions that are aimed at heavily populated areas.

“Council calls on the administration to consult urgently with NHS Highland, the Scottish Government and Cosla so in future councils and local NHS boards have more responsibility for deciding how lockdowns are managed, and tailoring measures appropriate to local circumstances.”

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