Health Board balances books for seventh year

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Western Isles Health Board members this week congratulated budget holders across the organisation for the effective management of finances, after it was confirmed that NHS Western Isles has achieved a breakeven position for the seventh year in succession.

At the Board meeting on Wednesday (June 25), Director of Finance, Marion Fordham, indicated that the annual accounts for 2013/14 have now been signed off by the auditors, and NHS Western Isles ended the year with a £3,000 surplus.

Board Chair Neil Galbraith said: “To be reporting such a strong financial position at the end of the year, for the seventh year in a row, is an excellent position to be in, particularly considering the financial pressures affecting the country at the current time. Congratulations to budget holders 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 an improved level of service to patients, whilst maintaining a strong financial position. We should all feel very proud of what has been achieved.”