Sunday, 29 June 2014

Bomb Proof.

It is really difficult sometimes to grasp the extent of Welsh Labour's control and pervasive influence over life in Wales and in particular public institutions in Wales. Let's take the example of Andrew Davies.

Andrew Davies used to be a Labour Assembly Member and a Welsh Government Minister until he stood down in 2011.

Having left public life, Andrew Davies was appointed Chair of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board and also the National Dance Company of Wales.

Both these organisations were recently in the news in Wales for all the wrong reasons.

Firstly an independent report commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) into the running of the National Dance Company of Wales found that "the board was unable to function in an appropriate manner" and recommended a new chairman and board of directors was appointed by January 2014.

This crisis in the NDCW continues as it faces an enquiry by the Wales Audit Office into a grant of £40,000 by the ACW and the Chair, Andrew Davies remains in post.

The Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board also chaired by Andrew Davies has also faced some severe problems as Professor June Andrews published her report into poor patient care at two of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg hospitals:
Published on Tuesday, Trusted To Care catalogued a series of failings at both hospitals.It described "a sense of hopelessness" in the care of frail and elderly patients and cited "poor professional behaviour" as well as a "lack of suitably qualified, educated and motivated staff."One patient told the review team: "I am in Hell."
Is there anyone apart from me that think these instances are in fact resignation matters and why hasn't it happened?

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