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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Health board's latest statement in wake of damning report

In the wake of the resignation of its chairman and chief executive following damning report into its running, earlier today llanblogger asked the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board for a statement on the latest position. 

We also sought confirmation whether, in the light of the joint report by the Wales Audit Office and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales,  the £5.5 million new health centre planned for Llangollen to replace the town’s closed-down hospital would still be going ahead. 

The board’s press office replied:  The report identified significant failings and major challenges for the Board which we recognise and accept.

“Although steps have already been taken to tackle some of the issues, the Health Board is determined to respond to these matters in full and will ensure that the report’s recommendations are addressed as a priority.

“Our progress will be subject to ongoing review and scrutiny by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, the Wales Audit Office and Welsh Government.

“The Health Board’s Chairman, Prof Merfyn Jones, said: ‘Under the circumstances, I believe it is appropriate that I stand down as Chairman of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, and I have informed the Minister of my intention to do so as soon as appropriate alternative arrangements are in place.

‘There are many fundamental challenges for the Board but I am confident that these will be responded to positively to deliver the necessary improvements and I shall continue to contribute fully during this transitional period.’
“We can confirm, our Chief Executive, Mary Burrows has also indicated her intention to leave the Health Board.”
The press office said it was trying to get a response to our specific query about the future of the new health centre in Llangollen.
llanblogger will bring it to you when we receive it.

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