Welsh Govt 'disappointed' at BMA pull-out

The Welsh Government says it is "disappointed" that the British Medical Association Cymru Wales has withdrawn from talks about future staffing levels in the health service here.

It says Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has given assurances that its staffing plans will not risk levels of care, and that no decisions have been made yet.

We are disappointed that the BMA have taken this step as we feel it is important that they take the opportunity to be part of the discussions on workforce and employment issues in Wales.

Staffing levels are a matter for LHBs but they have to be consistent with levels of safe care and we have received assurances on this from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

It is important to remember this is part of Cardiff and Vale UHB's consultation on reconfiguration plans and final decisions have not been taken.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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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.