Scotland’s health chief has issued a stark warning to NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
Cabinet secretary Alex Neil said that it’s time that everyone took their share of the responsibility for the future health of the region.
And he said that the Government would be keeping a close eye on Ayrshire’s health service.
Mr Neil also urged non-executive members of the health board to start questioning their bosses.
Following his public review of NHS Ayrshire and Arran last week, Mr Neil told the Scottish Parliament that things must change.
He said: “I made it clear to those non-executive directors, and I make it clear to every non-executive director throughout the NHS in Scotland, that part of their job is to hold the executive to account, to question and to probe and to visit the frontline regularly, which should help to inform their decisions on the future of the health service in their area.”
Mr Neil was questioned in the Holyrood chamber by Ayrshire MSP Adam Ingram on how he planned to deal with the “deficiencies and gaps that, from recent experience, are evident in Ayrshire and Arran.”
But the health secretary insisted: “As the chair of the annual review, I made it absolutely clear, publicly, that I expect the highest standards of accountability and transparency, not just from Ayrshire and Arran, but from every health board in Scotland.”
Mr Neil told parliament that despite the problems this year, Ayrshire health service is making good progress in many areas.
He said: “I want to recognise that there is a lot of positive work going on in NHS Ayrshire and Arran for the benefit of local people.
“That is testament to the dedication and professionalism of local NHS staff.”
But he added the government will “keep matters under close review” in light of the last 12 months.