Ac­tion plan for BETSI

New health boss comes up with 100-day plan

North Wales Weekly News - - FRONT PAGE - BY SAM YAR­WOOD

THE man drafted in to “lead and sta­bilise” Betsi Cad­wal­adr Univer­sity Health Board has asked se­nior bosses in strug­gling ar­eas to each come up with a 100-day plan of ac­tion.

Si­mon Dean, the cur­rent chief ex­ec­u­tive of Velin­dre NHS Trust and deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Welsh NHS, out­lined his pri­or­i­ties to each depart­ment in cri­sis – which in­clude doc­tor-led ma­ter­nity at Ys­byty Glan Cl­wyd, out of hours GP ser­vices, the Tawel Fan scan­dal, and gov­er­nance sys­tems – with each set­ting a mile­stone on how progress can be judged.

Mr Dean was named BCUHB’s new in­terim ac­count­able of­fi­cer af­ter chief ex­ec­u­tive Trevor Purt was sus­pended ear­lier this month as the board be­came the first Welsh au­thor­ity to be put into spe­cial mea­sures.

At a press brief­ing on Tues­day, Mr Dean said: “We need to show the public that we are mak­ing rapid progress in the ar­eas that the Health Min­is­ter ref­er­enced in his state­ment.

“There are some el­e­ments in these ar­eas that can be ad­dressed, but we un­der­stand oth­ers will take longer. The main thing is we have a plan.”

Mr Dean says his main pri­or­ity is to re­store public con­fi­dence in the health board, and says it’s time the board be­gan to prop­erly en­gage with staff, pa­tients and res­i­dents.

He said: “It’s got to be about en­gag­ing with the public and staff – the board doesn’t have all these an­swers. It’s time to be open and time to have the con­ver­sa­tion and I will will­ingly ac­cept any of­fers of help or ad­vice.

“You get some re­ally cre­ative think­ing when you lib­er­ate peo­ple.”

Mr Dean, who be­gan his ca­reer in the NHS in Lon­don in 1983, said he is not the “saviour” of Betsi Cad­wal­adr.

“I don’t see my­self as a saviour. It’s not about what one in­di­vid­ual can do, it’s about what ev­ery­one can do, and that’s what will make the health ser­vice in North Wales,” he said. “If any­thing I am more of a cat­a­lyst, I’m here to help the board move on.”

Mr Dean de­scribed meet­ing the fam­i­lies of the Tawel Fan vic­tims as a “pow­er­ful and hum­bling” ex­pe­ri­ence, and vowed he would do ev­ery­thing to make sure those in­volved were held to ac­count.

He also dis­missed claims that the size of BCUHB made it “un­man­age­able”, and said that some­times big or­gan­i­sa­tions pros­per, while smaller ones fail.

He added: “Size I don’t be­lieve is a defin­ing fea­ture here.”

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