MSPs to hear from patients’ groups and Trades Unions before questioning NHS Tayside bosses in Dundee


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.”

The Committee meeting will take place at 9.00 am on Thursday 15 December at the City Chambers, Dundee. It is open to the public and FREE to attend. A limited number of tickets for the public are available and must be booked in advance via 0131 348 5200.


Audit Scotland’s report, The 2015/16 audit of NHS Tayside: Financial sustainability, was published on 6 October 2016.

The Committee took evidence from Auditor General on the report at its meeting on 3 November. At that meeting where she stated that the situation in regards to NHS Tayside is “very serious” and that there was “a significant risk that the board will not achieve its financial plan for 2016-17 and future years”. The Official Report from that meeting can be found here.





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