Labour Government Responsible for Presiding Over Health Board Failings – Leanne Wood

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The Rhondda AM has said the Labour Government in Wales must take responsibility for yet another damning report into Cwm Taf Health Board.

Leanne Wood AM was speaking after a report by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) and the Wales Audit Office (WAO) was released which found a number of significant failing such as weaknesses within the board’s governance and a corporate culture that did not empower staff to raise concerns.

The report also found that while the health board excelled at hitting financial targets, it came at the detriment of patient services.

“How many damning reports about Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board do we have to accept?” said Ms Wood. “Due to the organisation’s inability to learn from mistakes and its culture of denial, patient safety was and still is put at risk

“This is a dreadful indictment that points to a culture of letting down patients time and time again. It is these failures, allied with the lack of leadership in Cwm Taf that the report identified, that led to poor patient experiences over a number of years. Not only that, loyal and hard-working staff on the ground were being let down by the same system.”

Ms Wood added: “The Labour Government in Wales has to take full responsibility for this mess. They have run the health service in Wales for two decades – and they appoint the boards - yet they always seek to avoid responsibility.  

“It is time they stepped up and took responsibility for a service that can mean the difference between life and death. Things have to change and change fast they must.

“They should support Plaid Cymru’s calls to establish a professional body to regulate NHS managers as this would improve standards and have the power to strike off managers who have acted negligently.”

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