No confidence move on NHS chiefs

Betsi Cadwaladr: Conwy debates NHS no confidence motion

Protesters at health board meeting earlier this month when changes were announced

A motion of no confidence in NHS managers in north Wales is to be debated by local councillors.

It follows Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s decision to near four community hospitals and transfer look after seriously ill babies to England.

The motion was proposed by three Colwyn Bay councillors from different parties.

The health board (BCUHB) has said it must overhaul services to satisfy challenges, including financial pressures and an ageing population.

It announced the changes earlier this month.

Later on Monday, the no confidence motion recommend by Cheryl Carlisle (Conservative), Brian Cossey (Lib Dem) and Phil Edwards (Plaid Cymru) might be debated.

It says: “This council has lost confidence within the ability of the senior management of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) to deliver adequate and efficient health services to the folk of Conwy.

“We call upon the Welsh government minister to intervene, reject the choices taken by the BCUHB and take direct control over the National Health Service in north Wales.”

The motion invites other north Wales councils to do the similar and contact upon the watchdog body the Community Health Council (CHC) to take advantage of its power to refer the health board’s decisions to the Welsh government.

A cross-party group of Assembly Members, including a Labour AM, have also referred to as for Health Minister Lesley Griffiths to intervene.

Discussing the problem of NHS reform on BBC Radio Wales, Dame June Clark, emeritus professor of community nursing, said change had generally been resisted for “years and years and years”.

She added: “I do think that this time the combined effects of the rise widespread due to the ageing population and the financial problems coming together as they’ve got, mean that vary isn’t just necessary, it’s inevitable and we need to face that and learn how to live with it.”

However, Prestatyn GP Dr Eamonn Jessop said: “What i might have liked to have seen was some long-term structure to observe how we will rehabilitate patients, get them moved into the community quicker, in place of just saying, ‘oh well there are these four relatively small community hospitals… we’ll take those out, that’ll save us a couple of quid and that’ll make things so much better’.”

He added: “For those who examine that and how that they will roll out enhanced care service it’s hard to work out how any money might be saved.”

Monday’s council meeting will even hear demands the united kingdom government to enhance the rail network in north Wales.