On Wednesday 7th of September, it was announced that Hywel Dda Health Board is one of three Welsh Health Boards to be placed under an increased level of scrutiny and control by the Welsh Government due to doubts about their ability to tackle their challenges.
Along with Cardiff and The Vale and Abertwae Bro Morgannwg, Hywel Dda Health Board faces ‘targeted intervention’. Which is one level below being put in Special Measures.
The Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales Simon Thomas is dismayed at the announcement:
“Once again, Labour has failed in its duties to ensure that our Health Boards are given consistent and effective support from the Welsh Government.
“The Labour Government has a track record of mismanaging our NHS and therefore it is no surprise that these steps are being taken. From missing Ambulance waiting and Cancer Treatment targets to closing local GP Services – Labour have continually failed the people of Wales.”
The recent announcement adds to a long lists of NHS failures in Wales, with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board being put in Special Measures last year.
It was a Plaid Cymru 2016 Manifesto Pledge to replace the current 7 local Health Boards with a new Community NHS delivered through the new Regional Combined Authorities where One integrated inspection system were to be created, independence of Government, and The Mid and West AM believes the Welsh NHS needs a transformation:
“During the election campaign, the Health Minister Mark Drakeford publicly lambasted the idea claiming Plaid would take Wales back to a failed past – But here, in the present, 4 out of 7 of our local Health Boards are in need of serious help and Labour don’t have the answers.
“Past, Present, Future, The Labour Welsh Government will continue to fail our Health Boards and patients due to a lack of will, determination and imagination.”