Thursday, 20 May 2010

Edwina Hart's Charity - Jobs for the boys and girls!

This is a letter I sent to the Western Mail today in response to their headline story about the NHS facing a £500 million black hole. It doesn't need to be like that...

Dear Editor,

I am in full agreement with your Comment, “NHS needs re-thinks to cure its sick finances.” (Western Mail , May 19th). There is an urgent need to make efficiency savings within the NHS in Wales, and those savings are there to be made. There are literally hundreds of bureaucrats earning millions of pounds in jobs that have disappeared since 22 Local Health Boards amalgamated into seven. No jobs have been lost because of the Assembly Government’s “no redundancy policy.” Taxpayers money should be used to fund ‘front line health services’ not non- existent public sector jobs.

Secondly and due to financial pressures, services are being rationalised and centralised. Despite being North Wales’s largest town services’ at Wrecsam’s Maelor Hospital are being downgraded in favour of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and in some instances Ysbyty Gwynedd, a round trip of some 150 miles. This makes a mockery of Edwina Hart’s call for the NHS to reduce its carbon footprint.

The Health Committee of the National Assembly needs to start challenging and scrutinising the work of the Health Minister Edwina Hart about the management of these new Health Boards, we cannot allow this waste and inefficiency continue; we can and must do better.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Arfon Jones

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