The chief executive of a troubled Scottish health board has quit, it was announced last week.

The chief executive of a troubled Scottish health board has quit, it was announced last week.

NHS Western Isles chief executive Dick Manson will move to a two-year seconded post at the Scottish Executive. His departure follows the resignation of board chair David Currie and communications officer John Macleod.

It comes a month after health minister Andy Kerr sent in a troubleshooting team amid concerns about the board's performance.

Interim chair Ronnie Cleland told a board meeting last week that Mr Manson would be leaving the board with immediate effect and at his own request. He said: 'We wish Mr Manson well and thank him for his contribution to NHS Western Isles.'

Malcolm Wright, chief executive of NHS Education for Scotland, who is heading the management support team, has been appointed interim chief executive.

When he sent in the support team on 1 August, Mr Kerr said the board had to do 'significantly better to pull together as a corporate body'.

When he visited the islands a week later, he said there was already evidence of change and that they needed space to prove themselves.

He said last week: 'Alongside the recent arrival of a new seconded chair, the appointment of a new chief executive will allow NHS Western Isles to continue to build a fresh approach to delivering healthcare for people in the Western Isles.