NHS Borders sheds light on furniture mystery

LOCAL NHS bosses have moved to quash concerns that the health authority has been wasting money by dumping perfectly useable office furniture at its headquarters at Newstead and at the Borders General Hospital.

Over the last few weeks, eyewitnesses have reported seeing tables, desks and chairs being left outside at the two sites or being taken away.

One person who noticed the activity said it would be “ridiculous” if the furniture was being dumped, as much of it appeared in reasonable condition and could have been used by other groups such as local charities.

And she added: “If these items are being relocated all well and good, but if being recycled, hopefully suitably, then the question still remains why - when they have no money?

“And if the equipment is usable, why then are they still throwing it out? The amount of items I have seen being thrown out / skipped, in the past few years is unbelievable. Even selling in aid of a local charity would be better than dumping.”

However, when contacted over the concerns this week, a spokesperson for NHS Borders informed us that the organisation had recently been carrying out a review of its premises to ensure it was making best use of its resources.

“This led to some staff moving to and from the Newstead site, including moving a lot of office equipment,” said the spokesperson.

“Any surplus items which were re-usable were distributed elsewhere in the organisation, but some items were deemed unfit for purpose or did not meet our health and safety requirements and were subsequently stored outside awaiting collection for disposal.”