TheCourier.co.uk this morning report on the news that NHS Tayside has paid more than £4million in awards to consultants and academics in the last year.
The health board, which were required to release the data under Freedom of Information laws, paid out £4,369,958 to around 280 academics and consultants in the most recent financial year up to January 31 2017.
Liam commented, "No matter how these payments are dressed up, they are bonuses awarded at a health board that has faced serious financial difficulties and has required several government bail outs.
“At a time when the bulk of the NHS Tayside workforce have faced constraints on pay levels, this sets the wrong tone and will do nothing for staff morale.
“These payouts for consultants follow news of performance-related top-ups for senior officials at NHS Tayside — all of which will lead the public to wonder where the priorities of this health board lie.”