2010 health board election at Fife Sports Institute, Glenrothes
2010 health board election at Fife Sports Institute, Glenrothes

In pictures: The 2010 election 'farce' where hardly any Fifers voted

Abysmal turn out for pilot project

By Paul McCabe
Friday, 19th June 2020, 4:15 pm

In June 2010 NHS Fife optimistically allowed the public to vote in its new board for the first time – and ended up with a scenario which was branded “a farce”.

They claimed the democratically elected board would be able to work in the face of stinging criticism after a shockingly low turn out – only 14 per cent of Fifers cast their postal ballot in what was Scotland’s first ever health board elections.

The Scottish Government pilot project which was also run in Dumfries and Galloway, cost to the taxpayer £2.5m and was lammed by the country’s leading medical body and a former NHS chairman as a “waste of money”.

We look back on the election night with these images from our archive.

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