NHS Grampian will face its toughest financial challenge to date.

Interim boss Dr Adam Coldwells forecasts savings of 77 million pounds in the coming financial year.

He’s due to give a report tomorrow at a board meeting.

He said the medium-term financial plan will be set out in April but he warned the health board is likely to continue to experience an “extremely challenging financial landscape”.

His report said: “Whilst we are at an advanced stage in our financial planning for 2024/25, our forecasts anticipate a more challenging year for all health boards than we ever previously experienced.

“Indications are that NHS Grampian will be required to identify and achieve savings in excess of £77 million.

“The scale of this challenge is unprecedented and cannot be underestimated.”

The report states the scale of financial reduction will be achieved through a mix of “close day-to-day spending, significant focus on organisation-wide areas of high expenditure, and transformation driven by clinical services”.

In the short-term, staff are encouraged to “play their part” by using resources efficiently.

He’s also expected to express his disappointment at Holyrood’s decision to pause capital projects.

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