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Spread of Omicron variant forces Health Secretary Humza Yousaf to postpone visit to Moray to discuss maternity services

By Chris Saunderson

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THE Omicron variant has seen Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf postpone a visit to Moray to meet health chiefs and maternity campaigners.

Health secretary Humza Yousaf.
Health secretary Humza Yousaf.

He was due to visit Dr Gray's Hospital on Monday to discuss the independent review published last month into the future of maternity services there.

However, he said given the rapid spread of the Covid variant and the Government advice for people to limit contacts, he has taken the "difficult decision" not to travel to Moray at this time.

"I cannot justify a physical round table with key stakeholders at this time," he said.

Dr Gray's Hospital. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Dr Gray's Hospital. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Instead, he will hold a virtual Teams meeting with those involved.

He added: "I intend to travel to Moray at the earliest possible opportunity to meet in person, when guidance allows."

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