A NEW £367,000 occupational health contract will look to improve attendance at Scottish Borders Council, says leader David Parker.
Cheshire-based People Asset Management (PAM) have taken on the four-year contract to help SBC implement policies to maintain the health of its 5,500 employees.
Last month, The Wee Paper reported that teachers in the Borders had been off for 500 more days due to stress in 2012/13 than the previous year.
But Mr Parker said: “The council is committed to supporting employees in managing and improving attendance and the provision of efficient occupational health support is critical to that process.”
PAM beat two other tenders for the contract which was previously held by Capita.
Despite NHS Borders offering an occupational health service to Borders businesses, Mr Parker said PAM’s offer was the best deal available. He told us: “NHS Borders did not tender for this work and to the best of my knowledge they do not provide all of the things that we are looking for here, although if they do they could have tendered.
“The annual cost for providing a comprehensive occupational health service to SBC employees will be £91,869.
“This is our estimate of what we anticipate to spend, but it could be that the actual costs are less, depending on the volume of work that is referred.”