Health board de­lays must be ad­dressed

North Wales Weekly News - - POLITICS/ OPINIONS - BY JANET FINCH-SAUN­DERS Aber­conwy AM @Aber­con­wyAM

WITH the Senedd go­ing into re­cess for the sum­mer pe­riod, the last day of ple­nary gave me the op­por­tu­nity to raise fur­ther the con­cerns I have in re­la­tion to some of the de­layed treat­ment times and over­due com­plaint re­sponses from the Betsi Cad­wal­adr Univer­sity Health Board.

There are sim­ply too many of my con­stituents hav­ing to en­dure un­ac­cept­able treat­ment de­lays.

Of par­tic­u­lar con­cern is when some­thing needs ad­dress­ing or for­mal com­plaints have been sent to the board, the turn­around time for a sat­is­fac­tory in­ves­ti­ga­tion and quan­ti­fied re­sponse is much too long and is now in breach of the board’s own 30 work­ing days re­sponse timetable.

As the board con­tin­ues to re­main in spe­cial mea­sures sta­tus with ad­di­tional man­age­ment in post and min­is­te­rial in­ter­ven­tion, I am of the firm belief that such se­ri­ous is­sues must be ad­dressed as part of this on­go­ing health care re­view.

It is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able that a health board is un­able to reach its own re­sponse times for in­ves­ti­gat­ing com­plaints.

The re­cent re­port stated that Wales is the only place in the UK where NHS spend­ing is fall­ing and where the Welsh Labour Gov­ern­ment has not pro­tected the bud­get.

Any im­prove­ments re­quir­ing ex­tra re­sources at the board to turn things around does seem a very dif­fi­cult task ahead in it­self, but as the Assem­bly Mem­ber for Aber­conwy I am de­ter­mined for this to hap­pen. Our hard-work­ing de­mor­alised nurs­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff, along with our spe­cial­ist con­sul­tants, are at the very least de­serv­ing of ro­bust and strate­gic lead­er­ship.

Sadly, with many of the con­cerns high­lighted of late it is abun­dantly clear that the Welsh Labour Gov­ern­ment must take some re­spon­si­bil­ity for hav­ing ig­nored the pro­gres­sive fail­ings that have only just started to sur­face.

The scan­dal sur­round­ing Tawel Fan has proved be­yond any doubt that some of our most vul­ner­a­ble have been so badly let down.

And I en­dorse the many calls for those found re­spon­si­ble for the abuse to be held ac­count­able and le­gal ac­tion taken ac­cord­ingly.

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