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Health Board Finances

NHS Western Isles is once again under the spotlight over its financial management, or lack of it as the case may be. Last year, as this blog also reported, the top slice of management was replaced following allegations of bullying and harassment, as well as failures in management generally.

A new management team was installed by the then Scottish Executive. They were set a financial target of break-even by September 2007, which has not been met. The local NHS still has a deficit in excess of 3 million. A report by the Auditor General of Scotland has identified lack of financial management and serious issues in the running of the board generally.

Although I echo the statement by our MSP that it is time all the facts about the local NHS came above board, I think it is also time a firm plan of action is put forward by the management at the Health Board, with a clear and realistic strategy on how this be achieved.

The primary objective is of course to reduce the deficit to zero without affecting patient care. The secondary objective is to do so with full support from staff (which is where the previous administration went wrong).
Posted on Arnish Lighthouse at 13:17


Quite a few other NHS boards are in the same predicament AL. That is not to say that NHS WI, has an excuse, but I've been dealing with the local NHS for quite a while now, and there seems to be an awful lot of admin. workers, not that I wish any to be paid-off, but the medical-admin. ratio has become unbalanced, in recent years, with more admin. than medical. I'm not, for one moment saying that all admin. staff should go, of course not, but surely savings could be made in that direction, rather than in the usual Patient Care direction. Just an observation, and my ( humble) opinion, no grinding of axes on this croft. ( if an accident was to happen, whilst grinding said axes, would I get treatment, in a safe, and timely manner?) Cheery...

Tws from The Surgery

emporio alanjohn has sumitted a very competitive tender for vinegar and brown paper that should result in significant savings for the health authority and a peerage for alanjohn himself

calumannabel from Sarson's Brae Ness

I understand that Sir alanjohn (why wait till next year's list? I'll grant him the title right now!) is willing to provide to all fish and chips establishments within a mile of an NHS branch, from Anstruther to Stromness, brown paper and vinegar at half price until the end of the year.

mjc from NM,USA

think its time some of the pen pushers got pushed......

just me from harris but from lewis

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