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BMA pulls out of health talks

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.

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Health board: safe levels of care are priority

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says its proposals for staff reorganisation are focused on "the critical importance maintaining safe levels of care and improving patient experience."

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

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