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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

A doctor working in the Scottish islands has called for broadband in the region to be improved.

Dr David Hogg, who works as a GP on the Isle of Arran, said the current internet services on the island are not sufficient. 

"The copper cable just is not fast enough to keep up with the demands of modern medical practice," he told Herald Scotland.

Dr Hogg said he has been working alongside the local health board in a bid to tackle this problem, but "we need investment in our broadband and mobile connectivity".

The remote location of the Scottish islands means reliable internet access can be hard to come by. 

Connection outages have been a common occurrence on Shetland in recent months and earlier in August Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands region Jamie McGrigor discussed the lack of connectivity with deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon.

He claimed many rural residents in his constituency worry they are being "left behind" when it comes to broadband.