Debate over health budgets

Some health boards in Wales are being unrealistic about their budgets and will fail to achieve them. That's the warning of an Assembly committee.

Assembly report into NHS welcomed

The Welsh Government welcomes any report that supports the NHS in Wales and assists this vital organisation in the difficult job of balancing its finances now and into the future.As we have not yet had sight of the report, we will study its findings and carefully consider the recommendations it makes.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Criticism over 'unrealistic' healthcare budgets

Some health boards in Wales are being unrealistic about their budgets and will fail to achieve them according to a Assembly members.

That's according to an inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee which concluded that health authorities in Wales should be required to produce a full break-even budget prior to the start of each financial year.

It recommends a 'challenge and support' approach should be adopted to help Welsh NHS organisations to secure their long-term financial future says the committee.

Health boards are having to make difficult decisions in balancing high quality standards of care with financial responsibility. The Committee is concerned by some of the apparently unrealistic and over-ambitious forecasts that we have seen during the course of our inquiry. We urge the Welsh Government to examine such proposals stringently while also allowing some flexibility for health boards to make more effective use of their funding across financial years.

– Darren Millar AM, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee

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