NHS Tayside rejects report of £300k pay-off for former CEO

Claims made this week that a former chief executive at NHS Tayside received a £300,000 “golden handshake” after she left her post have been rubbished by the region’s chair.

John Brown, chairman at NHS Tayside, wrote to Labour MSP Jenny Marra— who said on Monday that former CEO Lesley McLay received a pay-out of more than £300,000 from NHS Tayside— arguing that the payments are “legal and contractual” and no additional payments have or will be made by the board.

The statement released last night added: “NHS Tayside chairman John Brown has today written to Jenny Marra in her capacity as convener of the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee to provide details of the payments issued to former chief executive Ms Lesley McLay on the termination of her employment at the board.”

McLay had her role as accountable officer removed in April after the cash-strapped board was plunged into controversy following the use of charity funds for general spending— however, she remained on her salary until she left the board over the weekend.

A spokesperson for NHS Tayside said on Monday: “The claims made about any sum of money received by Ms McLay are categorically untrue.

“As with any NHS Tayside employee, Ms McLay received what she was contractually entitled to and nothing more upon leaving the organisation.”

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