During the fiasco that was the Manson regime I repeatedly warned that the political undermining of the standing of the Health Board would only result in the control being transferred to Highland Health Board. And the repeated failure of our then MSP, Alasdair Morrison, to acknowledge that there was a problem would have been funny were it not that serious. (I think it also cost him the election).
Now we have a new plan whereby the WIHB is to be 'twinned' with Highland Health Board (and Orkney and Shetland with Grampian) to provide 'support' and senior managment level.
A Western Isles health service insider said: "This twinning is the thin edge of the wedge which will ultimately see the migration of good-quality jobs from the islands to Inverness.
"It will commence with partnering and then move to efficiency arrangements which will lead to the senior partner directing where posts will be located and it is inevitable that these senior posts will remain in Inverness.
Or according to the Government:
"The proposed partnership arrangements have been warmly welcomed by all those involved. They will help strengthen the island boards' management and governance regimes and will enhance their independent status."
I know which view I subscribe to, and I fully support the WIHB in their view that this must be opposed if the future independence of the Board is to be guaranteed.
Or as the Health Board source says,
"It is now more incumbent upon local MSP Alasdair Allan to ensure that his party colleague Nicola Sturgeon delivers on his pre-election promise to his constituents and the NHS unions and staff that there would be an inquiry under an SNP administration."
The simple test of intent is - if it is THAT good, then why didn't Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, announce this during her visit to the hospital in Barra this week?