Health board suffers vote of no confidence blow

Published date: 21 February 2013 |
Published by: Mike Williams
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A VOTE of no confidence in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has been passed “overwhelmingly”.

Conwy County councillors voted this morning in support of a motion of no confidence in the health board after a long-running row over service cuts and changes in the region.

The vote was put forward by Cllrs Phil Edwards, Bryan Cossey and Cheryl Carlisle.
Cllr Edwards said: "This was not something we wanted to do but we had got to the stage where there was no other option.

"The Board clearly was not prepared to listen to us, the public, their own staff or the professional bodies that represent them.

“The plans that were put in place were not thought through, tested or subjected to proper scrutiny.

“All we ever sought was to have a safe sustainable health service that can meet the needs and aspirations of our communities.”

The motion also called for the health minister Lesley Griffiths to take control of the health board and for the community council to refer their decisions to the minister.

Cllr Edwards added: “I now urge the minister in the strongest possible terms to respond positively to this development and take responsibility for this failing health board.” 
The health board said it was disappointed with the outcome.
A spokesperson said: "We have a long history of successful collaborative working with Conwy Local Authority. 

"We have jointly delivered many schemes over the years for the benefit of local people, such as the joint facility at Canolfan Crwst, and health and social care teams working together in the community to prevent hospital admissions which has improved support for patients and carers.

"Irrespective of the decision taken by the Council today we are committed to continue to work collaboratively with them, in the best interests of local people."

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