Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has welcomed the support the RAF is providing to island residents who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Mr Cameron made his comments as it was revealed that the first diagnoses of the disease had been made in the Western Isles.
He said: “Residents in our island communities will be reassured that the armed forces are being enlisted in the fight against coronavirus. Providing airlift capacity could be crucial for people who require urgent treatment."
“The extra resources provided by the Royal Air Force are extremely welcome, as is news that military officers are supporting NHS Western Isles in their planning work."
“Across the country, our armed forces are doing sterling work, reminding us this is truly a national effort helping get us through this health emergency”.