Tay­side health boss given dou­ble pay­out

Au­di­tor re­veals Les­ley McLay re­ceived an ex­tra £32,000

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - GARETH MCPHERSON, PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR, AND PAUL MA­LIK

NHS Tay­side’s for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive had her fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment dou­bled be­cause of blun­ders at the board, a damn­ing re­port has re­vealed.

Les­ley McLay was handed a £90,000 exit pack­age fol­low­ing her re­moval from the post amid fi­nan­cial dis­ar­ray at the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Scot­land’s pub­lic spend­ing watch­dog said board mem­bers were wrong to dou­ble her no­tice pe­riod, which gave the ex-nurse £32,000 more than her con­tract en­ti­tle­ment.

The Au­di­tor Gen­eral also said em­ployer pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions worth £19,000 should not have been in­cluded in the deal, a sum which the health board says it is re­cov­er­ing. In its 2017-18 re­port pub­lished yesterday, Au­dit Scot­land de­manded more ac­tion from the board to tackle wors­en­ing per­for­mance and fi­nan­cial problems.

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