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MSP fights baby scan charges

KATE Forbes has renewed her call to NHS Highland to rethink its charging policy after it confirmed it continues to be the only health board in Scotland to charge pregnant mums £5 for a baby scan photo.

Last summer, NHS Highland promised to review the controversial practice following an investigation by MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Kate Forbes after she was contacted by a constituent.

But recent freedom of information requests have revealed the health board continues to charge expectant mums £5 for a photo, or £10 for three, at antenatal scan appointments. The requests also showed not a single piece of paper formed part of the promised review and that it had been conducted by a sonographer who made telephone calls to four other hospitals – one of which did not respond.

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