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Dr Leo Murray says he and his seven salaried GP colleagues in Broadford, Isle of Skye, are 'specialists in generalism'.

They have been recruited as part of an NHS Highlands scheme to provide a 24-hour GP service from the local hospital and to cover the absence of a general surgeon.

As well as the usual GP workload, including out-of-hours visits, Dr Murray also specialises in immediate care, resuscitation and anaesthetics as his job also involves stabilising casualties for transfer to hospitals in Inverness or Glasgow ­ an hour's helicopter ride away.

'We have some problems and we are a sort of designed solution,' Dr Murray said. 'The population of Skye need generalists who will see and assess everything and also do resuscitation.'

Consultants from other hospitals make regular visits to the island to cover non-emergency cases.

Dr Murray said the team needed a new salaried GP. 'It's a great place to live, but not everyone wants to be 100 miles from a Marks & Spencer.'

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