Loans, cancelled ops and senior staff resignations: The long, troubled history of NHS Tayside
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.
Independent advisers appointed to help NHS Tayside meet its financial challenges.
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.
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.”
BBC reports that NHS Tayside will suspend all planned, non-urgent operations for three weeks over the festive period.
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.
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.
Scottish Labour leader calls on Robison to quit over the problems at NHS Tayside. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon defends her.
Robison quits the SNP Cabinet and is replaced by Jeane Freeman.
Freeman announces that NHS brokerage debt will be written off. NHS Tayside’s debt is believed to be over £60m.
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