When will health board turn a corner under special measures?

Health board failings condemned yet again

Llyr Gruffydd has spoken out after yet another damning report about care at Betsi Cadwaladr health board, in which the Ombudsman criticised the health board for delays in cancer care:

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Mr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM, said, “It’s another week and another damning report by the Ombudsman into care at BCUHB.

These are historical cases and I recognise that the board is trying to grapple with the problems as they are in special measures. But there’s no indication that staffing problems, which are at the root of many of the care complaints, are being addressed. There are no signs that Betsi is turning a corner while under direct government supervision.

“The board’s chief executive said that the urology department, which is the focus of this latest report, continues to be under pressure.

“The latest bailout provided by the Labour Government last week unfortunately merely stabilises a board in financial crisis. It does nothing to address the long-term issues of staffing and need to plan to recruit and train more doctors and nurses.”

In a question to health minister Vaughan Gething in the Senedd today he said, “Will you accept, minister, that the fundamental fact at play in many cases we’re seeing in the NHS in north Wales is staff shortages, which leads to pressures on those on the frontline, which in turn leads to errors being made. Betsi has been under your direct supervision now for 18 months and there’s no sign of a strategy to emerge from these problems. What is your government doing to solve this basic problem?”

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