Western Isles Health Board balances the books

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NHS Western Isles has broken even financially for the 13th year in succession.

Western Isles Health Board members this week congratulated staff across the organisation for the effective management of finances.

At last week’s board meeting, Director of Finance Debbie Bozkurt indicated that NHS Western Isles ended the 2020/21 financial year with a £110,000 surplus.

Interim board chair Gill McCannon said: ‘To be reporting such a strong financial position at the end of such a challenging year is an excellent position to be in, particularly considering the difficulties we have all faced.

‘Congratulations to all staff across NHS Western Isles for this achievement.’

Chief Executive Gordon Jameson added: ‘This positive news demonstrates significant progress and should give us all confidence in the fact that our service delivery, monitoring and control systems are working effectively.

‘Staff have worked extremely hard to protect and deliver high quality services to patients, whilst maintaining a strong financial position. We should all feel very proud of what has been achieved.’

Western Isles Health Board also approved in principle the development of a new MRI service at the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway. This project is subject to Scottish Government approval and securing the necessary funding.