The Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, has welcomed the report into Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board. He says that the Chairman of the Health Board has confirmed his wish to resign, and that the Chief Executive of NHS Wales has been asked to appoint a successor.
I welcome this report from WAO and HIW. It is clear the board has been through a difficult period; however, many fundamental challenges still remain within the organisation.
The Chair has formally notified me of his wish to resign and I have accepted his resignation. The Chief Executive has also informed me of her intention to leave the organisation and the health board is currently working through the detail of her departure.
I wish to pay tribute to the efforts of the Chair and Chief Executive but I have asked David Sissling, Chief Executive of NHS Wales, to move forward swiftly to appoint their successors and enable the health board to begin a fresh chapter.
David has already taken robust steps to address the issues faced by the health board prior to today’s report being issued, and I will ask him to consider the report’s findings and inform me what further action is necessary.
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