Highlands & Islands

NHS Highland expecting £17m overspend

NHS Highland said it expects to overspend in its 2018-19 financial year by £17m.

Last year, the health board which provides services in the Highlands and Argyll and Bute, overspent by £15m.

The need for temporary staff, including consultants, to fill vacancies and non-recurring costs are among factors behind the latest forecasted overspend.

But vice-chairwoman Melanie Newdick said the board was optimistic about its future financial position.

NHS Highland has a new chief executive, Iain Stewart, and a new chairman, Prof Boyd Robertson.

Ms Newdick said: "The key thing is that there are quite a number of differences between this time last year and now.

"We have got a new chief executive and a new chairman and we have a whole new project management structure in there to deal with all those sorts of issues, and to try and get on top of the issues we have had."

She added: "It is a disappointing and frustrating situation to be in, but a lot of changes going forward into the new year."

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