Billion pounds of NHS money not effectively spent is shocking - Kirsty

2009 Hydref 22 3:59 PM

Billion pounds of NHS money not effectively spent is shocking - Kirsty

Commenting on chair of the All Wales Directors of NHS Finance, Paul Davies' admission to NAW Finance Committee that a fifth (£1billion) of the NHS budget is not being spent efficiently, Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

"It's absolutely shocking that a fifth of the NHS budget is not being spent appropriately. While we acknowledge that this money is being spent on patient care, it is unacceptable that £1 billion is not being use to maximum effect to benefit patients. This raises very serious questions about the strategic management of our NHS and its ability to deliver value for Welsh taxpayers' money.

"During difficult times like these it is absolutely essential that public money is being spent effectively. The Labour-Plaid government simply cannot afford to make mistakes with a billion pounds. Our budget is already stretched to the extreme and is set to become even tighter. Every million pounds, let alone every billion pounds must be working to the direct benefit of Welsh patients.

"I shall be writing to the Health Minister seeking further detail as to how this failure was to allowed to happen and what urgent steps she is taking to ensure effective management of our largest public budget line."

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