The British Medical Association has pulled out of talks with the Welsh Government and NHS employers over the future organisation of the health service here. It is angry at plans which could see jobs cut by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
It says "only a small number of people may find themselves in a redundancy position."
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board agrees fully with the BMA that quality care and patient safety are of the utmost importance.All the UHB’s proposals have been equality and quality impact assessed by Clinical Boards to ensure that they are not detrimental to the level and quality of patient care we provide.
UHB services are being redesigned and modernised to ensure that we can deliver care more effectively and use our resources more efficiently.
All our service change proposals have been developed with clinicians, and the starting point has been the critical importance of maintaining safe levels of care and improving patient experience.These proposals have been discussed with local trade union leaders prior to launching and we are now entering a period of formal consultation. We have a statutory obligation to consult in this way because of the potential numbers involved.
We believe that ultimately, once we have been through the process of collective consultation, which will run in tandem with the NHS Wales Organisational Change Policy, and have looked at how and where we can redeploy colleagues who find themselves at risk, only a small number of people out of our total workforce of 14,500 may find themselves in a redundancy position.
– Cardiff and Vale University Health Board spokesperson
The professional body for doctors in Wales has pulled out of high-level discussions with the Welsh Government and NHS employers on the future organisation of the health service here.
The British Medical Association Cymru Wales says Cardiff and Vale University Health Board's announcement that hundreds of jobs may be axed is a "reckless dash towards a redundancy program" which "undermines the work of the task force and has destroyed our trust in the integrity of that process."
It is inappropriate for BMA Cymru Wales to participate further and therefore we have given formal notification that we will withdraw immediately from the Strategic Pay Task Force.
I recognise Welsh Government’s good intentions in fostering debate between NHS employers and the health service trades unions, but Cardiff and Vale Health Board’s actions are a betrayal of the trust necessary for those discussions to bear fruit. It means that employers will now have to revert to the existing consultation and negotiating arrangements with BMA Cymru Wales, at local and national levels respectively.