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ISSG 'committed' to finding medical flights solution

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has said that it is "committed to finding a solution" to provide medical flights to and from the islands.

The company announced on Friday that it will cease operating its Islander Skybus aircraft and move to a single fleet of Twin Otters from March 2020.

Some residents expressed concern about the impact of the move on the provision of medical flights. Only an Islander is currently able to carry a stretcher.

The Steamship Group told This is Scilly News: "We have been in talks with NHS and patient transport and we are committed to finding a solution to provide medical flights to and from the Islands."

A post on the Isles of Scilly Travel website titled How we support Islanders’ with medical appointments on the mainland reads: "The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (ISSCo) is committed to delivering a resilient, reliable, affordable and accessible service for people who need to travel to and from the Isles of Scilly and the mainland. We take our responsibilities very seriously and understand that thousands of people are reliant on our ability to deliver effective transport services throughout the year.

"The ISSCo is contracted by the NHS to provide transport services to individuals with medical appointments on the mainland... One of the main ways we help people with medical appointments is to provide heavily discounted fares... The ISSCo also provides a critical stretcher transport service which sees one of our 4BN fixed-wing Islander aircraft converted to take a specialised stretcher. This is a special charter service we provide to the NHS at a heavily subsidised rate."


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