It is an unpleasant day in terms of weather, but it is positively Arctic with regards to the continuing horror saga that is the Western Isles Health Board.
I have yet to read the transcript from this morning's proceedings at the Audit Committee of the Scottish Parliament. However, it has become clear that former Chief Executive Dick Manson is still an employee of NHS Western Isles. He was seconded out to a position with NHS National Services Scotland. They pay his salary as CEO to NHS Western Isles.
Although a senior figure in NHS Scotland has denied that the post was created for Mr Manson, he was parachuted into it to get him out of an extremely difficult situation, it is said.
Leaving that to one side, Mr Manson's successor, Laurence Irvine, has been suspended on full pay for more than 6 months now over irregularities in his CV, pending an investigation. John Turner is now CEO, but NHS Western Isles is paying the salary bills of three Chief Executives, a luxury they cannot afford.
Is anyone surprised their deficits are mushrooming?
Anyone with substantiated information pertinent to the Audit Committee's investigation can visit this webpage