Sent: 04 July 2008 12:29
Cc: CNES - Members
Dear Angus and Norman
I understand that you have both been on the radio this morning in regard to the story carried by The Herald yesterday. Indeed you have given it legs in today’s Herald too I believe. I regret the haste with which you issued your statement. It would have been courteous had you spoken to John Angus Mackay or myself before going in to overdrive on what is a non story. WIHB has relied heavily on other Health Boards over the past year in attempting to redress the mess left by the Currie/Manson regime. Without the help of other health boards the WIHB would not be in the much improved state that it is. This information was given to cllrs in briefings by John Turner, Acting Chief Executive and the discussions between the Convener/Chief Exec and Chair /Chief Exec have discussed these matters on an on going basis. Earlier this week Nicola Sturgeon made it clear that there was no intention to tamper with the autonomy of WIHB.
WIHB has a long way to go but the progress is positive. Why does the Comhairle have to have a go? I think an early discussion will help.