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06th December 2016 - The significant financial challenges facing NHS Tayside will be explored by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee when it meets in Dundee next week (15 December).
The Committee will question senior managers from the Board about a recent Audit Scotland report showing that more than £58 million worth of savings are needed in the current financial year. The Board has already received more than £24 million of financial aid from the Scottish Government – known as brokerage – to break even, and there is a high risk that the Board will need further brokerage to break even this year.
The Committee will also take evidence from a range of local patients’ groups, as well as representatives of NHS Tayside workers, to understand how the health board is viewed locally.
Committee Convener, Jenny Marra MSP said:
“There is no doubt that the situation at NHS Tayside is critical. The Audit Scotland report makes alarming reading, and we must have answers about the impact NHS Tayside’s financial problems will have on the services they deliver.
“By holding this meeting in Dundee, those who will be most affected by the problems will hear first-hand from their health board. We will also hear from patients and workers from NHS Tayside about their experiences before we question senior management.”