Health board bailouts 'must end'

The Auditor General for Wales is warning that annual multi-million pound bailouts of Welsh Health Boards that have overspent are unsustainable.

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Welsh Government response to Wales Audit Office report into NHS finances

A Welsh Government spokesperson gave us this statement in response to the Wales Audit report into NHS finances;

The Wales Audit office recognises the achievement of NHS organisations in meeting their financial targets and that we have taken a prudent course of action to support them.

It is important to note that additional funding was not a bailout. The Health Boards were allowed to draw down a small percentage (0.2 %) of the future year's funding in order to provide some flexibility to manage their finances across the financial year end. As a condition of this flexibility, an exteral financial review of these organisations' financial plans has been commissioned.


The statement went on to say;

We are investing more than 43 per cent of the total Welsh Government budget in Health and Social Services, despite significant cuts to our budget by the UK Government.


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