Commenting on the publication of ‘new arrangements for dealing with serious concerns about NHS services and organisations’, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, said:
“The situation which arose at the Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board was allowed to fester for far too long - as a result of a lack of accountability and insufficient clarity regarding triggers for Welsh Government intervention.
“The previous processes were far too murky and needed to change.
“The number of concerns raised about NHS services in Wales is extremely high and rigorous procedures for dealing with them are desperately needed.
“Waiting lists are at an all-time high, bed-blocking persists, and Labour’s record-breaking NHS cuts have hit services hard.
“Patients and their families need to have confidence that Boards will be held to account for poor performance and these changes should go some way to ensuring that this is the case.”
Mr Millar added:
“Welsh Conservatives will continue to call for a Keogh-style public inquiry into standards of care in Wales.
“This is the best way to safeguard our NHS for future generations.”