Local health board "may face bailout"

Local residents will be concerned at the prospect of Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board requiring a Welsh Government bailout, South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.

 

In March, Cardiff and the Vale was one of four Welsh health boards reported to be overspending – with a deficit of £31million forecast for 2016-17.

 

In the Senedd, Mr Davies raised the issue with the First Minister – asking whether the health boards were on target to achieve a balanced budget.

 

In response, Carwyn Jones said he “expected” to see improvements – but failed to rule out bailouts.

 

The Welsh Government had previously insisted no health board would be bailed out – when the figures were first released.

 

Mr Davies said, “Residents across Cardiff and the Vale will be concerned about the management of their health services – when the health board responsible is unable to balance its own books.

 

“Despite previous assurances to the contrary – the First Minister refused to confirm that a bailout would not be required – and this lack of confidence will alarm people.

 

“It is clear there are serious issues that need sorting – and the current situation is completely unacceptable.”

 

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