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A former NHS Tayside boss was given double the payoff she was entitled to because of the “total incompetence” of the assistant chief executive, MSPs have learned.A settlement payment of more than £64,000 to former chief executive Lesley McLay was in lieu of six months’ notice, despite only having three…
Two property entrepreneurs have offered to donate some of their flats to homeless people in a collaboration with the charity Social Bite.Graeme and Leanne Carling are offering units from their property stock in Tayside to house people free of charge.The couple, who own private property rental and management firm PRS…
Urgent action is needed to tackle the worsening performance and financial problems at NHS Tayside, according to Scotland’s public spending watchdog.Auditor general for Scotland Caroline Gardner spoke out after a new report noted the struggling health board achieved just seven out of 20 national standards in March 2018 – down…
A major trauma centre to treat the most seriously injured patients in the east of Scotland has been opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.Based at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, the centre will provide specialist care and rehabilitation to help improve patient recovery.It is the second centre to open as part…
A struggling health board has been criticised after an official report revealed it is looking to shed 10% of its workforce. NHS Tayside is aiming to shed around 1,300 members of staff as part of efforts to balance the books, through “natural staff turnover”. It comes despite the Scottish Government…
Allegations of “systematic bullying” at NHS Tayside and the stress-related suicide of a trainee doctor there prompted the resignation of the health board’s whistleblowing champion, MSPs were told. Munwar Hussain was one of three non-executive directors of the troubled health board who quit in the wake of what was branded…
A company with three care homes in Scotland has gone into administration. Bertinaley Care Limited owns and operates premises in Hamilton, Largs and Dundee - as well as one in Surrey - with 68 residents in total. Helenslea House in Dundee (pictured) has been forced to shut and those in…
A serial abuser found guilty of a catalogue of violent and sexual crimes over a period of more than 20 years has been jailed. Brian McTaggart, from Dundee, will serve a minimum of eight years and has been given an order of lifelong restriction. The 54-year-old was also placed on…
Shona Robison conceded her role as health secretary in the Scottish Government had been "at times very challenging" as she quit Nicola Sturgeon's cabinet. She had taken on the role in 2016 when Ms Sturgeon, her close friend, became the First Minister. A failure to meet key NHS waiting times…
A doctor who caused the decapitation of a baby after deciding on the wrong method of delivery has been cleared of misconduct by a medical tribunal. Dr Vaishnavy Vilvanathan Laxman proceeded with a regular delivery with a 30-year-old first-time mother who was 25 weeks pregnant at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee…
A baby was decapitated after a doctor decided on the wrong method to try and deliver him, a medical tribunal has found. Dr Vaishnavy Vilvanathan Laxman failed to perform an immediate emergency caesarean section and instead proceeded with a regular delivery, a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MTPS) panel said in…
A war of words has broken out between a local authority and the Scottish Government over a ‘missing’ £1 million intended for social care. Angus Council, who have denied any wrongdoing, say the money was not ring-fenced – but concerns have been raised in the Scottish Parliament about how it…
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