Chief Executive of NHS Scotland stands down due to ill health

Malcolm Wright resigns on health grounds.

Malcolm Wright, Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director General (DG) Health and Social Care has tendered his resignation on health grounds due to an underlying medical condition. 

Interim arrangements are in place and will continue until the end of August, at which point a view will be taken on commencing an open recruitment campaign. 

To ensure that there is additional capacity to respond to the intense and challenging period of response and recovery from the COVID-19 emergency, Elinor Mitchell, Director for Community Health and Social Care has been appointed interim DG Health and Social Care and John Connaghan, Chief Performance Officer NHS Scotland and Director of Delivery and Resilience, has been appointed interim Chief Executive of NHS Scotland.  

Announcing the resignation Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman said:

“I am very sorry that Malcolm Wright has had to resign from the Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and DG Health and Social Care role.  I know this was a difficult decision but one he has had to make for medical reasons. He leaves with my greatest respect and gratitude. I have valued the wealth of knowledge and experience that he brought to the role, especially at this challenging time. I wish him well for a happy and healthy future.

“I know that Elinor Mitchell and John Connaghan have worked closely with Malcolm as key members of his team and that they share my determination to equip our health and care system to meet the current challenges and to continue delivering an excellent service for the people of Scotland. I am confident they will continue to meet the challenges we face and continue to give our service the leadership it deserves.”



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