NHS Fife’s new chief executive has paid tribute to his predecessor and colleagues on the first day of his new job.
John Wilson spoke of former chief, George Brechin’s achievements in the post, including the opening of new units at Stratheden and Lynebank Hospitals, the redevelopment of Adamson and Randolph Wemyss Hospitals and the openings of the St Andrews Community Hospital and the £170 million new wing at Victoria Hospital.
The new health chief also praised the work of his colleagues.
Mr Wilson said: “It is only through their commitment and hard work that we have achieved so many milestones.
“The dedicated efforts of our staff often go above and beyond the call of duty, and have improved and will continue to improve the healthcare for the people of Fife.”
Mr Wilson was promoted from deputy board chief executive and chief executive of NHS Fife Operational Division following the announcement at the end of last year.
He has worked in NHS Scotland since 1979 and joined NHS Fife in 1985, becoming chief executive of Fife Operational Division in 2002.
He takes over the position from George Brechin, who retired last week from the health authority following 40 years service in the public sector, with 10 of these years at NHS Fife.
Mr Wilson outlined areas that NHS Fife is progressing.
“The most recent figures show that 95 per cent of people referred to hospital in Fife for inpatient or day treatment were seen within 18 weeks, the second highest rate in mainland Scotland.”
Although Mr Wilson recognises there is still room for change.
“Improving waiting times and patient experience remains a key priority.”
He welcomed George Cunningham to the acting post of director for acute services and Caroline Selkirk, the deputy chief executive of NHS Tayside, who is joining short term while the management structure is looked at.