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NHS Argyll and Clyde

NHS Argyll and Clyde

NHS Argyll and Clyde was a former Health Board of the Scottish National Health Service in western Scotland.

NHS Argyll and Clyde
Established2004 (2004)
Disbanded2006 (2006)
Region servedArgyll and Bute, East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire
Area size32,500 square kilometres (12,500 sq mi)
HospitalsList of hospitals in Scotland

It was responsible for an annual budget of £434 million, serving a population of 423,500 people.[1]


In 2002 four executives resigned after a report identified serious failures in their management.[2]

With the board carrying large debts, the Scottish Executive announced in May 2005 that they would consult on dissolving the health board.[3] A consultation began in August 2005 on proposals to redraw the boundaries of NHS Argyll and Clyde.[4] On 8 December 2005, health minister Andy Kerr said that the health board would be split.[5]

On 31 March 2006, NHS Argyll and Clyde was dissolved. Its assets and liabilities and the responsibilities for delivering health services were transferred to the two successor boards, NHS Highland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.[6] NHS Highland's boundary was changed to include the area of Argyll and Bute Council.[7] The remainder of the area of the dissolved Board joined NHS Greater Glasgow, and following this amalgamation has been known as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.[8]


  1. "Shake up at Argyll and Clyde NHS" (Press release). Scottish Government. 17 December 2002. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  2. "Report forces out NHS chiefs". BBC News. 17 December 2002.
  3. "Health board goes under the knife". BBC News. 19 May 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  4. "Redrawing NHS boundaries in Argyll and Clyde". Scottish Government. 21 September 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  5. "Health board area to be split up". BBC News. 8 December 2005.
  6. "Argyll and Clyde Health Board: Report on the 2005/6 Audit" (PDF). Audit Scotland. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  7. Ross, John (9 December 2005). "NHS Argyll and Clyde is split between Highlands and Glasgow". The Scotsman. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  8. "Health services in Argyll and Clyde" (Press release). Scottish Government. 8 December 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2016.

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