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NHS Lothian Report

An independent review into the management culture of NHS Lothian has been published recently.

The report, requested by the Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon, highlights an inappropriate management culture at the board, originating from the top level.

NHS Lothian will now take forward the report’s recommendations, focusing on improving the Board’s values, culture, and organisational development.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said:

“I want to be clear that there is no place in any part of the NHS for a management style or culture of this type and it will not be tolerated.

“However, the report also makes clear that this should not be seen as a general condemnation of management within NHS Lothian.  Excellent relationships exist within teams and there are many exceptionally good leaders and managers who have been unaffected by the issues identified.

“It will be important now for the Board to embrace a new strategic direction and work to embed an inclusive, supportive, open and transparent culture throughout the organisation.

“I fully support the new interim Chief Executive Tim Davison in his and the board’s wider work to rebuild the trust and confidence in NHS Lothian.

“I have now asked Dr Charles Winstanley to produce a single integrated action plan which will bring together the improvements required in waiting time information reporting, governance and culture.”

Read the report here -

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