Loans, can­celled ops and se­nior staff res­ig­na­tions: The long, trou­bled his­tory of NHS Tay­side

The Herald on Sunday - - THE WEEK -


NHS Tay­side re­ceives a £2.2m “bro­ker­age” loan from the Gov­ern­ment.


The same board re­ceives an­other £2.9m in bro­ker­age from the same source.


The Gov­ern­ment gives NHS Tay­side an­other £14.2m in bro­ker­age.


NHS Tay­side over­spends by £10.3m on work­force costs, £4.7m on pre­scrib­ing costs and £2.6m on clin­i­cal sup­plies. An­other £5m in in bro­ker­age funds is ur­gently re­quired.

March 2017

In­de­pen­dent ad­vis­ers ap­pointed to help NHS Tay­side meet its fi­nan­cial chal­lenges.

Oc­to­ber 2017

Au­dit Scot­land says NHS Tay­side is pro­ject­ing a fund­ing gap of £49.8 mil­lion in 2017/18. The board al­ready has £33.2m of out­stand­ing loans from the Gov­ern­ment to re­pay.

Oc­to­ber 2017

The same Au­dit Scot­land re­port: “The board is fac­ing an ex­tremely chal­leng­ing po­si­tion which will make it dif­fi­cult to achieve fi­nan­cial bal­ance in the medium term.”

Oc­to­ber 2017

BBC re­ports that NHS Tay­side will sus­pend all planned, non-ur­gent op­er­a­tions for three weeks over the fes­tive pe­riod.

April 2018

The Her­ald re­veals that, in 2014, NHS Tay­side bosses used their char­ity fund (money do­nated by the pub­lic) to bankroll a back-of­fice com­puter sys­tem.

April 2018

Health Sec­re­tary Shona Ro­bi­son calls for the chair­man of NHS Tay­side to quit and says the chief ex­ec­u­tive’s po­si­tion is “un­ten­able”. Prof John Con­nell re­signs as chair and the CEO is re­placed.

April 2018

Scot­tish Labour leader calls on Ro­bi­son to quit over the prob­lems at NHS Tay­side. First Min­is­ter Nicola Stur­geon de­fends her.

June 2018

Ro­bi­son quits the SNP Cab­i­net and is re­placed by Jeane Free­man.

Oc­to­ber 2018

Free­man an­nounces that NHS bro­ker­age debt will be writ­ten off. NHS Tay­side’s debt is be­lieved to be over £60m.

Novem­ber 2018

The Her­ald on Sun­day ex­clu­sively re­ports that NHS Tay­side is plan­ning to cut its 13,500 work­force by 10 per cent.

Shona Ro­bi­son, left, was re­placed by Jeane Free­man as Health Sec­re­tary

NHS Tay­side has been hit by a se­ries of high-pro­file high-profi­file prob­lems through­out the past decade, with se­nior po­lit­i­cal res­ig­na­tions, a debt of more than £60m and to­day’s rev­e­la­tion that it now plans to cut 10% of its work­force

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