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‘Health Minister must investigate consultants’ claims’ – Aled Roberts

2013 Gorffenaf 9 11:06 AM

Commenting on a letter from consultants at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor that says they have lost confidence in their local health board and that the internal structures are "not fit for purpose", Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat North Wales AM, said:

"The letter paints a picture of the Health Board being in utter chaos.

"It is of utmost importance that the Health Minister responds to these claims with urgency. The people of North Wales deserve a health service that is fit for purpose

"If NHS staff have been told to keep their concerns about patient safety quiet, then it is essential this is to be looked at immediately. NHS staff should always feel that they can speak out, but at the moment I don't think there is clear enough guidance about how to. That is why the Welsh Liberal Democrats have been calling for a Wales-wide NHS whistleblowing hotline.

"We know there are serious problems currently with Betsi Cadwaladr. The recently published joint review into the management of the Health Board was one of the most damning I've read in the 25 years I've worked in the public sector. Action must be taken to rectify these problems."