March 30, 2019 at 8:43 am #166017
Betsi Cadwaladr University Heath Board in danger of being fined £1m over lengthy waiting lists
Well what a fantastic idea from SWAG (South Wales Against anything Good for North Wales) instead of a fine for £1m why not think – inject £2 for staffing costs and cut patient waiting time. Take it out of the Cardiff Bay buffet budget or the Brexit fund. Oh no, the AM,MP & EMP’s will need that to pay their expense.👍March 30, 2019 at 9:12 am #166018
The statement from the Health Board seems nonsense- I thought it was 1st April and an April Fool. How can the Welsh Government ‘fine’ a Health Board £1 million when it is going to be £42 million in the red for the fincial year ending tomorrow? Who would pay the fine – the Welsh Government who are the funding body for Health Boards?
There is some spin going on here to reduce the key story about the £42m and the fact that A & E waiting are excessive.
If the Welsh Government have all of these high calibre managers overseeing the work of the Health Board why is it not improving- why don’t they admit the organisation is not fixable in the current size and level of resources. The WG are just play party politics by keeping the monstrosity of the Health Board covering the whole of North Wales.March 30, 2019 at 9:28 am #166019
Ridiculous to fine a hospital already in debt. Some departments are very short of staff from consultant level down and those staff that are there are working under huge pressure to serve all patients. In other words they have an impossible job. How do we attract more staff , change the name for one so people know where we are ! North Wales is a lovely part of the country to work.March 30, 2019 at 12:15 pm #166025
I would have thought that Betsi Cadwaladr would have extra funding to cover super prison patients in the locality. Extra too for all those houses being built on our green fields.
There again unlike South Wales, they probably have to hand over money to England to pay for the specialist services of Christies, Broad Green, Alder Hey etc. for treating patients where we in North Wales don’t have the facilities or expertise.March 30, 2019 at 1:21 pm #166027
According to the BBC article Berwyn is only half full so whatever effect the prison is already having on the hospital you can expect to double it in the future, with no extra provision, not to mention all the extra residents in the thousands of new houses planned.March 31, 2019 at 12:20 am #166044
Few corrections HMP Berwyn has a fully kitted out health centre up to X ray level – what they don’t have is the staff to run the service as they cant be recruited, secondly the Health Board have had extra funding to run this provision but instead men for Prison have to go to A & E.
The issue over money being handed over to England is a staffing issue again – there are not enough qualified consultants trained to the level you find at the hospitals with Centre of Excellence- even if North Wales hospitals had the equipment they would not recruit sufficient high quality Consultants. What would you rather have an operation carried out in the Maelor by someone who may do a particular type of operation couple of times a month or a specialist that does the procedures every day- and has a full specialist back up team. People in the medical professional will tell you that unless the whole surgical team are trained to the Centre of Excellence standard some operations pose significant risks. I know I would prefer to travel to a Centre of Excellence and feel safe rather than risk a ‘casual’ consultant doing an operation on me.
What price do you put on quility that may save a life?March 31, 2019 at 8:31 am #166048
I have absolutely no problem paying for health treatment from these excellent hospitals but there again I didn’t vote for a devolved Welsh Assembly Government either. It was a ridiculous move when North Wales relies so much on cross border services. Prescription charges are another issue. I was just pointing out my perceived inequality between North & South Wales. I may well be wrong.
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