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Change is 'best hope for NHS'

The Wales Audit Office says current measures to stop overspending in the NHS are not sustainable. It says proposals for radical reconfiguration of the health service are the best hope for the future.

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Plans for laws to improve flexibility

In a statement in response to the report by the Wales Audit Office, Health Minister Mark Drakeford said more flexibility will be introduced to allow organisations to manage their finances over more than one financial year.

In 2012 we started moving towards greater transparency and the measurement of outcomes which provide a renewed focus on patient quality and safety, particularly in the light of the Francis Report.

I will be introducing legislation to provide more flexibility to organisations to manage their finances over more than one financial year. I hope to implement these changes at the start of the new financial year in April 2014.

– Health Minister, Mark Drakeford

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