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Labour NHS fat cats ban.

Labour have banned Scots hospitals from recruiting any more fat cat bosses.

The order was issued by health minister Sam Galbraith ahead of the biggest NHS shake- up in years.

Next month, he will outline plans to scrap or merge Scotland's 15 health boards and 46 hospital trusts, in a bid to cut red tape and costs.

The freeze on executive jobs has halted the search for a new chief executive at Law Hospital in Lanarkshire and a general manager for Orkney Health Board.

Both posts offered salaries of pounds 60,000-plus.

Other health boards and trusts won't be allowed to fill vacancies for directors of personnel, finance and nursing, with salaries around pounds 40,000.

A hospital boss said yesterday: "Twelve months from now, we could have just half the number of trusts. So we were told not to add to the pool of people likely to be affected."

The source added: "There was general support for the move but some concern that trusts will struggle to cope without a chief executive or a finance director for up to a year."

The Scottish Office plan to ease that problem by setting up a register of bosses who can be seconded to fill vacancies.
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Author:Ellin, Tony
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Date:Oct 2, 1997
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