Cole-Hamilton: New NHS Tayside chief exec faces gauntlet

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that new NHS Tayside chief executive Grant Archibald faces a “gauntlet of challenges” as he takes over the beleaguered health board.

The recent Audit Scotland report NHS in 2018 reported that Tayside had:

  • Met only one of the eight main NHS targets, including reporting the worst figures for CAMHS patients seen within 18 weeks, the second worst figures for 18 weeks referral to treatment time and being one of only four health boards to fail to see 90% of Drug and alcohol patients within three weeks.
  • Received tens of millions of pounds in brokerage loans in 2017/18.
  • The highest percentage of backlog maintenance is classed as significant or high risk (74%) of any health board.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"Grant Archibald takes over a health board with a gauntlet of challenges ahead. Key targets are being missed and recent reports suggest hundreds of staff are at risk.

"Slashing staff numbers would be completely the wrong lesson to take when the health board is already struggling. This sorry saga has exposed the shameful neglect this SNP Government have shown our hardworking health staff.

"I wish Mr Archibald all the best in his new role and hope that he will provide the strong leadership that NHS Tayside will need to turns its fortunes around.”

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