The Scottish Parliament's audit committee has found serious failings in the running of NHS Western Isles and condemned its persistent failure to put in place adequate financial controls.

Its report found that a number of factors contributed to the financial failings at the board, which had a cumulative deficit of£3.36m at the end of 2006-07. These included external cost pressures resulting from changes in the wider NHS and issues stemming from the design of health services in the Western Isles. This was exacerbated by inadequate internal control systems and weak financial management by NHS Western Isles' board.

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