A Scottish Health Board has written to a Scottish Labour MSP with details of its former chief’s severance package after the MSP claimed it had paid out over £300,000.
The letter by NHS Tayside came one day after it described the claim by Labour MSP Jenny Marra as “categorically untrue”.
In a statement, the Health board confirmed that its chairman, John Brown, has now written to Ms Marra with details of the payments made to Lesley McLay.
It stated: “NHS Tayside Chairman John Brown has today written to Jenny Marra in her capacity as Convener of the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee to provide details of the payments issued to former Chief Executive Ms Lesley McLay on the termination of her employment at the Board.
“As stated on Monday, 6 August, the payments are legal and contractual entitlements and no additional payments have or will be made by NHS Tayside.”
The claim by Marra featured prominently on BBC Scotland on Monday and was the leading story across all of its mediums – radio, online and television. However despite NHS Tayside issuing a statement in which it described the Labour MSP’s claim as “categorically untrue”, it still led BBC Scotland’s flagship evening news programme.
The broadcast led to the Scottish Health Secretary Jeanne Freemen to issuing her own statement saying she was “shocked” at the broadcaster.
Jenny Marra’s claim featured as the number one story on Monday and took up 2 minutes 41 seconds of programme time.
News of the letter from NHS Tayside to the Scottish Labour MSP was deemed worthy of eleventh place and a mere 27 seconds the next day.
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