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A FORMER chief executive of Angus Council has been re-appointed chairman of NHS Tayside for a further four years.

Sandy Watson said: “I came to the Health Service after a career in education and local government and found myself on a very steep learning curve.

“I have enjoyed the past four years immensely, and have learned a great deal from everyone here in NHS Tayside. I have met staff from all levels and have seen the contribution every member of staff makes to the smooth running of all our health services.

“I have always been impressed by the commitment and dedication staff show and, on many occasions, I have been humbled by how staff keep going that extra mile to deliver the best possible services. Our staff are our greatest asset and I thank them wholeheartedly for their efforts. I have been fortunate in having a dedicated group of executives and non-executives on the Board, and I thank them publicly for their efforts and support over the past four years.

“There have been many highlights since I took up the post of chairman. These include: our attention to quality and improvement through the Quality Strategy and our Steps to Better Healthcare programme; the new emphasis and vigour we have around community engagement; our work with young people in recognising their importance in shaping the NHS of the future; and our commitment to get it right for older people, in our hospitals and in the community.

“The NHS in Tayside has come a long way in four years, not least in our continuing reduction in waiting times meaning more people are being seen quicker and closer to where they live and also in our reducing rates of Healthcare Associated Infection. These are tangible measures and ones which really do improve the lives of our patients and their families.

“I am proud of what we have achieved together and I look forward to continuing to contribute to making real differences to the lives of families across Tayside over the next four years.”