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Former leader of Plaid Cymru Ieuan Wyn Jones, who's now the party's finance spokesperson, has waded into the row over the Welsh Government's claims that local health boards have met their financial targets.
Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams has responded to Health Minister Lesley Griffiths over the financial position of local health boards, calling it 'fantasy accounting'.
Plaid Cymru has criticised the Welsh Government's claim that local health boards have made a 'remarkable achievement' by meeting financial targets. Plaid’s health spokesperson, Elin Jones said:
Expect an extremely strong reaction to the Welsh Government's claim that local health boards have met their financial targets. 'Disgusting' and 'deceitful' are just two of the milder responses so far. I'll update with political reaction as soon as I have it.
According to the Welsh Government, the organisations running the NHS in Wales have met their financial targets for 2011/12. It had been predicted that local health boards were facing a shortfall of up to £50m despite a £145m bailout given to them last October.
The Welsh Government now says they'll break even but has confirmed that three boards have still needed to bring forward some of next year's budget in order to balance the books. Aneurin Bevan, Cwm Taf and Powys will be allowed to spend around £12m from 2012/13. Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said,
But she said allowing three boards (Aneurin Bevan to spend some of next year's budget didn't amount to further support.