Betsi Board in trouble as improvements prove false

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board’s ‘Escalation and Intervention’ arrangements have now been raised to only one position below being in special measures, the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee was informed today.

Welsh Government needs to act fast over Betsi Cadwaladr says Aled Roberts

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board’s ‘Escalation and Intervention’ arrangements have now been raised to only one position below being in special measures, the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee was informed today.

In a letter to the committee, Dr Andrew Goodall, Chief Executive of NHS Wales, said that the health board needed support to ensure it was able to address the challenges it faces. It has stated that its escalation status should be raised to the category of ‘Targeted Intervention’ which is one step away from being placed into special measures.

Aled Roberts, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales, said:

“Following all the troubles and scandals surrounding health services in north Wales, we have been led to believe that Betsi Cadwaladr was on an ‘improvement journey’ and things were getting better. Clearly some people at the top have been sticking their heads in the sand, as what I’ve heard today shows that this is not the case.  It is completely unacceptable that today is the first time we’ve heard about any concerns through official channels.

“Time and time against patients are getting in touch with me about the length of time they have been forced to wait for treatment.  This health board remains in major trouble and the Welsh Labour Government needs to take immediate action.

“I will be attempting to raise this urgent matter in the Assembly Chamber this afternoon and make sure the Welsh Labour Government is held to account, not only on their plans to sort this out but also on their transparency over these sorts of issues.”

 

 

Notes

A copy of the letter from Dr Andrew Goodall to the Public Accounts Committee is available on request –

please email cadan.aptomos@wales.gov.uk


Be the first to comment

Cefnogwch Aled yn 2016

Cefnogwch Aled yn 2016

Mae Aled Roberts yn arwain y frwydr yng Ngogledd Cymru. A wnei di ymuno? #BackAled