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Auditor reveals three health boards overspent budgets

Three health boards which overspent their budgets have been given an unprecedented 'qualified' sign-off by the Auditor General for Wales.

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NHS overspend is 'embarrassment' say Tories

Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar says the news that three health boards failed to keep within their budgets is 'an unprecedented embarrassment to Carwyn Jones.' He said,

This is an unprecedented embarrassment to Carwyn Jones’ Labour Government and lays bare the scale of Welsh Labour’s record-breaking NHS cuts.

It provides clear evidence that in spite of multi-million pound in year bailouts, Ministers have not provided the Welsh health service with the cash it needs to deliver the services that patients require.

The Welsh Labour Government has starved the NHS of resources for far too long and ignored successive warnings from a growing chorus of voices that health boards were in the red and couldn't make ends meet.

With waiting times spiralling out of control and the ambulance service failing to perform, it is Welsh patients who are paying the price for Labour's health cuts.

Unless immediate action is taken to secure additional investment in the Welsh NHS, the black hole in Labour's health finances looks only set to get even bigger in the coming years and patients will continue to suffer.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minister

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