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Scandal-hit Cwm Taf health board boss on sick leave amid calls to quit

The chief executive of a scandal-hit health board is on long term sick leave, it has been confirmed.

The Chair of Cwm Taf Morganwwg health board, Marcus Longley said Allison Williams is on an "extended period of sickness absence".

Allison Williams has previously refused calls to quit

In April, the health board's maternity services was placed into special measures following an investigation into the deaths and serious injuries of babies.

A report in April revealed systemic failings in maternity care Credit: PA Images

The details emerged just hours before Allison Williams was due to appear in front of Rhondda Cynon Taf councillors to face questions over the health board's handling of systemic failures in its maternity services.

When the report was published, Allison Williams appeared on Wales at Six and said she would not be resigning.

She apologised to the families that have been failed by the health board.

"In terms of my responsibility, I accept my responsibility very seriously. I have a key responsibility to stick with this and put this right".

He added that there is "a need to put in place interim arrangements" and Dr Sharon Hopkins, currently Deputy Chief Executive at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, will take over from 24 June.

The council agenda said it is also expected to support the Council Leader’s position of calling on Allison Williams to consider her position.

Rhondda AM, Leanne Woods said replacing Ms Williams would not solve the Health Board's problems.

I fear that a new interim chief executive at Cwm Taf University Health Board will only paper over the cracks that have been laid bare by the recent scandal at the maternity services department.

The endemic problems that run deep will not be solved overnight or by replacing one person.

– Leanne Woods AM, Rhondda

The council is also due to debate a confidence motion in Cwm Taf Morganwwg health board tonight.