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NHS Grampian head denies morale is low after reports

Malcolm Wright
Image caption Interim chief executive Malcolm Wright said staffing would be addressed

The interim chief executive of NHS Grampian has denied claims that morale at the organisation is at rock bottom.

Three official reports on Tuesday included concerns about patient care at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI).

At a meeting of the health board, Malcolm Wright discussed improvement plans.

He dismissed claims by a fellow board member that morale was low, and said he plans to address staffing levels, as well as work culture.

A Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) review made 13 recommendations for improvement for NHS Grampian. It also released a report into the care of elderly people.

And an investigation by the Royal College of Surgeons said a number of consultants were unable to work productively together

The health board's chief executive and medical director left their posts in recent months as the row between management and senior consultants deepened.

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