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Health board accepts mismanagement report

The board of Wales' largest NHS organisation fully accepts a highly critical report into its mismanagement. Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board was identified as having a catalogue of failings.

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Board's effectiveness 'significantly compromised'

"The Health Board's current governance arrangements and procedures do not adequately address the gap between the ward and the Board. We have concerns that the Board's governance arrangements and organisational structure are compromising its ability to properly identify issues concerning the quality and safety of patient care."

– Chief Executive of HIW, Kate Chamberlain

"The effectiveness of the Board has been significantly compromised by a breakdown in working relationships between some senior leaders in the organisation. There has been a lack of cohesion in the way executive directors work together and the report raises further concerns about the stability and capacity of the executive team as a result of staff turnover and sickness absence.

"Encouragingly, the Board recognises the scale of the challenges ahead and that strong leadership from the Chair and clinical leaders will be vital. The pace at which problems are tackled must accelerate."

– Auditor General for Wales, Huw Vaughan Thomas

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