Health board forced to hand back £2m after pandemic prevents builidng works
NHS Dumfries and Galloway is having to hand back around £2m to the Scottish Government because it was unable to carry out work on its buildings due to the pandemic.
The health board confirmed that a number of projects had to be postponed because staff were on furlough while many of the properties requiring upgrades were also closed.
Katy Kerr, finance director at NHS Dumfries and Galloway, revealed that the underspend will have to be returned to the Scottish Government and that “most of which will not be able to be reprovided in 2021/22”.
Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has written to the Health Secretary Jeane Freeman asking the money be “ring-fenced” to be used later.