Health board chairman resigns

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The chairman of NHS Grampian has announced his resignation amid claims of a staffing crisis within the authority.

Bill Howatson, who took over the role nearly three years ago, acknowledged the challenges faced by the board which, he said, were best tackled under new leadership.

A & E consultants warned NHS Grampian last month that staffing shortages could be putting patient safety at risk.

Health secretary Alex Neil accepted Mr Howatson’s resignation and thanked him for his dedication and commitment.

The Aberdeenshire councillor and former provost will leave the authority at the end of the year, and an interim chairman will be appointed until a permanent replacement can be found.