The 2019/20 audit of NHS Tayside


The 2019/20 audit of NHS Tayside

NHS Tayside has improved its financial management and service performance, but risks related to its high running costs remain. 

The health board has improved waiting times for some services and made recurring savings of more than £14 million in 2019/20. The Auditor General says NHS Tayside has also made positive moves to improve mental health services after a highly critical independent report, and needs to continue to show progress.

However, the board needed £7 million from the Scottish Government in 2019/20 to break even, the eighth year in a row it has required financial assistance. NHS Tayside continues to have an expensive operating model, spending more on staffing, in-patient costs and prescriptions than the Scottish average. And it still has a number of senior leadership posts it needs to fill on a permanent basis.

Stephen Boyle, Auditor General for Scotland said: 
"NHS Tayside has made some clear progress under its new leadership team after a number of very challenging years, but it still faces a number of risks.
"The board knows that achieving financial stability lies in changing the way its services are designed and delivered. We've already seen how Covid-19 has accelerated innovation in some areas. It's now essential that NHS Tayside builds on that good work and increases the pace of change in priority services."

The 2019/20 audit of NHS Tayside

Oral evidence session 10 December 2020

The Committee took evidence from the Auditor General for Scotland and Audit Scotland.

Please read the Official Report of 10 December 2020

Meeting papers for 10 December 2020

Minutes from 10 December 2020

Meeting correspondence and follow-up

Letter from Auditor General for Scotland to Convener, 16 December 2020 (224KB pdf)

Oral evidence session 18 February 2021

The Committee took evidence from Grant Archibald, Chief Executive, Lorna Birse-Stewart, Chair and Stuart Lyall, Director of Finance, NHS Tayside, followed by;

The Auditor General for Scotland and Audit Scotland.

Please read the Official Report of 18 February 2021

Meeting papers for 18 February 2021

Minutes from 18 February 2021

Meeting correspondence and follow-up

Letter to Convener from Chief Executive, NHS Tayside 5 March 2021 (406KB pdf)


The Committee agreed at its meeting on 18 March 2021 to close its scrutiny of the report.

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