NHS Tayside on ‘road to recovery’

Officials optimistic about board’s future amid waiting times and financial performance improvements

Wednesday 1st May 2019

Bosses at NHS Tayside have declared it is ‘on the road to recovery’ as the latest figures show the health board is ahead of schedule on its plan to bring down the organisation’s deficit over the next three years.

Chair, John Brown, said: “I am pleased to report that NHS Tayside is now in a more stable financial position. We have also delivered improved waiting times performance and there are long term plans for major investment in our estate.”

Officials are now predicting the overspend for the last financial year to be just over £17m, £5m less than expected.

A recovery plan to reorganise health services so they can be delivered more efficiently lies at the centre of plans to return to a balanced budget by 2022.

Mr Brown added: “I would like to commend our staff for continuing to deliver performance improvements, whilst still reducing spend. This continues to build public confidence in NHS Tayside’s performance.”

Meanwhile, the board is investing £164m in key projects and facilities, including a new children’s theatre and upgrades to the neonatal intensive care unit.

Chief executive, Grant Archibald, said waiting times were improving and plans were in place to “meet treatment time guarantees and reduce waiting times for outpatient appointments and elective procedures.

He continued: “This will mean thousands of patients across Tayside will have their procedure or appointment sooner than expected.

 “Our three-year financial plan, alongside the work being carried out as part of the Transforming Tayside programme, provides us with a real opportunity to focus on how we develop and improve patient care and services across the region.”

Senior managers at the health board, which covers Dundee, Angus and Perthshire, have previously faced criticism for financial mismanagement and performance in key areas like mental health and cancer treatment.

Allegations of money being transferred inappropriately from Tayside’s charity fund were investigated by the Scottish charity regulator, which found the process had been marred by ‘poor governance’.