I have now completed my review of our response to your request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for:
a) How is the Scottish Government/ NHS Scotland monitoring the response of NHSH against each item within the Sturrock report where he made specific suggestions or recommendations? What records of such monitoring are kept?
b) In how many cases does the Scottish Government /NHS Scotland have knowledge of specific complaints against any current member of the NHSH Board and/ or of any ongoing internal NHSH grievance cases involving inappropriate actions taken by any current member of NHSH Board?
c) How will the Scottish Government / NHS Scotland ensure an appropriate and continuing level of governance at board level to ensure that independent scrutiny exists in relation to historical /ongoing cases particularly in view of the concerns raised regarding the current executive membership of the board?
d) With reference to items (b) and (c) above do the Scottish Government /NHS Highland know whether the current Board Chairman and Non-Executive Board Members have been made fully aware of any cases involving or making direct reference to existing Executive Board Members.
I have concluded that the original decision should be confirmed, with a slight modification. The Scottish Government is aware that not all of the clauses contained within the Sturrock report are referenced in NHS Highland’s strategy paper, ‘A Culture Fit for the Future’, but we are confident that NHS Highland gave careful consideration to all of the recommendations and noted which of these were reflections rather than specific actions. NHS Highland will continue to reflect on all the recommendations in the report and will use it to help shape actions and policies in the future.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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