BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

16 October 2014

Arnish Lighthouse


BBC Homepage
Scotland
»Island Blogging
Western Isles

Baleshare
Barra
Benbecula
Bernera
Berneray
Canna
Eigg
Eriskay
Grimsay
Harris
Lewis
Muck
North Uist
Raasay
Rum
Scalpay
Skye
Soay
South Uist
Vatersay

Argyll & Clyde Islands
Northern Isles

Contribute
House Rules

From the BBC
I.B.H.Q.
 

Contact Us

NHS Western Isles

I think this saga has now about run its course. The medical director for the Health Board has now announced that he is going into retirement. As I reported a few weeks ago, the Board's 3 posts for medical directors would be amalgamated into 1. One MD was not unhappy to lose that position, as it took too much of his time for patient care. The other MD, who was in charge of service redesign at the Health Board is now apparently the full-time Medical Director for NHS Western Isles.

Apart from the Medical Directors, staff at the Health Board had passed a motion of no confidence in the Chief Executive and the Chairman of the Board on March 6th. The entire threesome has now left the NHS here. Health Minister Andy Kerr has put an emergency management team in place, which is sorting things out.

One of the remaining problems in the Health Service in these islands is a towering deficit of about £2 million. The Board asked staff to look for savings wherever they can, but I think not having a wagebill for 2 high ranking officials will help. Apparently, the shortfall was caused primarily by locum costs. Locum consultants are quite dear, but unfortunately, the Western Isles are not regarded as a position which is greatly conducive for advancing your medical career.
Posted on Arnish Lighthouse at 12:44

Comments

Uill, feumaidh sinn rudeigin a dheanamh, ach de. Co-dhui de a tha ann an "locum cost"?

Carlabhagh from Carlabhagh, Eilean Leodhas




This blog is now closed and we are no longer accepting new posts.



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy