Calls to in­ves­ti­gate NHS board de­par­tures

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

Calls have been made to in­ves­ti­gate the board at NHS Fife fol­low­ing a string of se­nior de­par­tures.

Scot­tish Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Wil­lie Ren­nie claimed morale is at “rock bot­tom” and has called for the Scot­tish Govern­ment to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The most re­cent de­par­ture came ear­lier this month when Si­mon Lit­tle re­signed as a non-ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber.

Chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Scott Mclean left in July and non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor John Pater­son quit in Jan­uary.

Pre­vi­ous chair Allan Burns left in December 2016 and was re­placed by for­mer pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, Tri­cia Mar­wick.

Mr Ren­nie said: “Since 2016 NHS Fife has lost a chair­man, a se­nior di­rec­tor and two se­nior board mem­bers.

“Th­ese are all se­nior peo­ple with out­stand­ing records of pub­lic ser­vice and lead­er­ship.

“Four de­par­tures of se­nior peo­ple in just two years in­di­cates that some­thing is go­ing wrong at the heart of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I’ve had con­cerns for more than seven months and took those con­cerns to the Scot­tish Govern­ment ear­lier this year.”

NHS Fife said it was one of the bet­ter per­form­ing boards in Scot­land and gov­er­nance pro­ce­dures had been re­viewed.

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