For­mer porter named NHS Tay­side’s new chief.

Dundee man be­comes board’s third chief ex­ec­u­tive in less than a year

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - [email protected]­ STE­FAN MORKIS

A for­mer Ninewells Hos­pi­tal porter has been named as trou­bled NHS Tay­side’s third chief ex­ec­u­tive in less than a year.

Grant Archibald, who is cur­rently, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Greater Glas­gow and Clyde’s acute ser­vices, will take over from Mal­colm Wright.

Mr Wright ar­rived at NHS Tay­side af­ter Les­ley Mclay stepped down in April fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions money do­nated to NHS Tay­side for char­i­ta­ble pur­poses had been used to buy IT equip­ment.

He was sched­uled to re­tire at the end of the year but will now in­stead take up a tem­po­rary ap­point­ment as chief ex­ec­u­tive of NHS Scot­land un­til a per­ma­nent re­place­ment for Paul Gray, whose de­par­ture was an­nounced yes­ter­day, is found.

The changes were an­nounced by Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment health sec­re­tary Jean Free­man yes­ter­day.

She said: “Paul will re­main in post un­til Fe­bru­ary. I would like to of­fer him my sin­cere and per­sonal thanks for his work over the last five years. I look for­ward to work­ing with Mal­colm Wright, who brings a wealth of se­nior man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence to the role.

“I am also pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Grant Archibald as chief ex­ec­u­tive of NHS Tay­side. He also has a strong back­ground with more than 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the health ser­vice,.”

NHS Tay­side has to find nearly £50 mil­lion of sav­ings this year in or­der to meet bud­get tar­gets.

Mr Archibald was born and raised in Dundee.

He be­gan his work­ing life as a porter at Ninewells Hos­pi­tal while study­ing at Dundee Univer­sity. He joined the NHS’ grad­u­ate train­ing pro­gramme in 1984 and has held a se­ries of se­nior man­age­ment posts with three of the coun­try’s largest health boards: NHS La­nark­shire, NHS Loth­ian and NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde.

NHS Tay­side chair­man John Brown said: “NHS Tay­side is a health board which has seen a lot of changes over the past eight months and now has a clear sense of pur­pose and di­rec­tion, with im­proved fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.”

Mr Archibald said: “I am de­lighted and proud to have been ap­pointed to this im­por­tant post and am look­ing for­ward to get­ting on with the job of con­tin­u­ing to build a re­ally bright fu­ture for health and so­cial care ser­vices in the re­gion.

“I know the staff in Tay­side do amaz­ing things ev­ery day in com­mu­ni­ties and in our hos­pi­tals and it is now my job to make sure they can keep mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to pa­tients, ser­vice users and their fam­i­lies.”

The new chief ex­ec­u­tive of NHS Tay­side, Grant Archibald, has 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the health ser­vice.

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