Thursday, 13 March 2008

Too many chiefs?

"The taxpayer is paying at least £300,000 a year for a health board's three chief executives - one seconded, one suspended and one standing in for the other two. Under questioning by MSPs yesterday, Dr Kevin Woods, chief executive of NHS Scotland, described the situation at NHS Western Isles as "undesirable and unusual".

"Undesirable and unusual". That's putting it mildly. Given the increases in taxation announced in the Budget yesterday, this situation is symptomatic of how much money is wasted by our public services. But how many Health Board Chief Executives does it take to change a lightblub ...?

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