Put Betsi Cadwaladr into special measures says Aled

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board must be placed in Special Measures following systemic failings found within the health board, Aled Roberts AM has said today.

This follows a series of damning reports into huge failings of health care in North Wales, including the recent report into the treatment of patients of Tawel Fan ward.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board must be placed in Special Measures following systemic failings found within the health board, Aled Roberts AM has said today.

This follows a series of damning reports into huge failings of health care in North Wales, including the recent report into the treatment of patients of Tawel Fan ward.

Aled Roberts, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales, has said it is now time for commissioners to be brought in to control the health board.

Aled Roberts said:

“Enough is enough: this failing health board needs intervention and must be put into Special Measures now.

“This is a health board in need of help and support.  The Welsh Labour Government sought to assure us in 2013 that it was making targeted interventions, yet it is apparent that these haven’t had the desired affect.  Using the Welsh Government’s own model of escalation, it’s now time to place the board under Special Measures.

“People in North Wales have had enough excuses. The Health Board has had more than enough chances but has shown it is incapable of channging things around. The time has come for a drastic solution.

“When social services are failing, the Welsh Government places them into Special Measures. Likewise, local councils failing also face intervention with respected commissioners taking over. The poor situation of healthcare in North Wales needs the same level of positive action to sort it out.

“We in North Wales need to be able to trust the people in charge of our health services; we need people who can finally start delivering results for patients. The time for change is now.” 

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Note:  Special Measures

In exceptional circumstances, officials of the Welsh Government and the Auditor General for Wales may identify concerns in relation to an NHS body in response to which the Welsh Ministers may take Intervention.

Intervention actions by the Welsh Ministers may include suspending or removing powers and duties from individual members or all members of the NHS body’s Board.

Additionally, the Welsh ministers may consider the use of Direction or Emergency powers which allows them to direct that a function of the NHS body be performed by another body for a specified time.

These formal powers are seen as a last resort and will normally only be used if other intervention is unlikely to succeed.


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