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Health service chief visits NHS Grampian after staffing concerns

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Image caption NHS Grampian previously admitted "staffing challenges".

The head of NHS Scotland is meeting consultants from NHS Grampian, after its chairman resigned following reports of a staffing crisis.

Paul Gray will also meet the remaining health board members as part of a two-day visit.

Bill Howatson, who had chaired the board for almost three years, stepped down on Tuesday.

He said there were "significant challenges" best tackled under new leadership.

Last month A&E consultants warned NHS Grampian for a second time that staffing shortages at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary could be putting patient safety at risk.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said it was Mr Howatson's own decision to resign.

A Scottish government spokesman said: "Following on from a meeting with senior consultant staff in NHS Grampian staff on 3 October, the chief executive of NHS Scotland and acting chief medical officer will return to Aberdeen later this week.

"The visit is part of the Scottish government's ongoing commitment to listen to the consultants working in NHS Grampian and work with the board to deliver sustainable improvements."

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