Welsh Government unable to hold Health Board to account

A recent Audit Office report into waiting times in the Welsh NHS indicates that the Welsh Government and its NHS Delivery Unit are incapable in their present form of holding the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to account for their strategic planning says North Wales’ Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Aled Roberts.

A recent Audit Office report into waiting times in the Welsh NHS indicates that the Welsh Government and its NHS Delivery Unit are incapable in their present form of holding the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to account for their strategic planning says North Wales’ Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Aled Roberts.

”The Wales Audit Office Report raises questions on the management of the Welsh NHS,” comments Assembly Member Mr Aled Roberts. “The report suggests performance in North Wales against the Welsh Government’s targets has deteriorated significantly so that for some patients their condition gets worse while they are waiting to be seen.

”But this is not the only area where the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board is failing in its duties. The current crisis in our A&E departments in North Wales can partly be plotted back to some key decisions of the Board which the Welsh Government either encouraged or ignored.

”Between 2009 and 2014 our hospitals here in North Wales lost 15 per cent of their in-patient beds while the number of nurses has declined by 6 per cent and, what is worse, there has been 14% deduction in the numbers of nurses trained in recent years .

”These cuts in services have been implemented at the same time as hospital admissions increased and the combination of service cuts and increasing demand is one of the principal factors in the current Accident and Emergency Crisis in our hospitals. In Ysbyty Wrexham Maelor alone there has been a 15% increase in hospital admissions during the past year.

”We are now told the Health Board is looking at creating a strong network of community hospitals which must raise eyebrows in places such as Llangollen, Flint and Blaenau Ffestiniog who have seen beds removed from their community hospitals in recent years.

“We cannot blame the Welsh Government for every problem the Health Board faces. The Board is responsible for operational decisions but it is the Welsh Government and its NHS Delivery Unit, created in 2005, which are responsible for monitoring performance.

”Whether it is treatment waiting times or the experience within emergency departments here in North Wales, it is patently obvious that the Welsh Government and the NHS Delivery Unit are incapable of holding the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board to account.”

ENDS

 

Notes

1) NHS Wales Delivery and Support Unit

The Delivery and Support Unit (DSU) was set up by the Welsh Assembly Government to facilitate the improvement of performance within NHS Wales.

The Delivery and Support Unit (DSU) was formed in 2005 to assist NHS Wales organisations to continually improve and sustain their performance against the national access targets set by the Minister for Health and Social Services including:

  • elective care, predominantly within trauma and orthopaedics, general surgery, neurosurgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, oral surgery and acute medicine,
  • emergency/unscheduled care,
  • call to needle – thrombolysis times,
  • cancer services,
  • cardiac services,
  • day surgery,
  • diagnostic and therapy services,
  • mental health and child and adolescent mental health services,
  • sexual health services.

 

More recently support has included assisting organisations to achieve and sustain referral to treatment time targets.

2) NHS Waiting Times for Elective Care in Wales 

http://www.wao.gov.uk/publication/nhs-waiting-times-elective-care-wales

http://www.wao.gov.uk/system/files/publications/nhs_waiting_times_technical_report_english.pdf

In particular see page 29 para 2.6 and page 30 para 2.9 in the main report


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