Minister orders governance review of Welsh NHS trust

According to WalesOnline.co.uk, Health Minister Edwina Hart has raised serious concerns about the leadership of one of Wales’ busiest NHS trusts. She has ordered Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust to carry out two investigations after it persistently breached key waiting times targets.

In a letter to the trust’s chairman Simon Jones (who is also Chair of the NHS Confederation in Wales and a regular contributor on governance in the Health Service Journal) she said she believes that the waiting times breaches – in orthopaedics and accident and emergency – are likely to get “significantly worse without unplanned corrective activity”.

She added: “I have concerns as to the fitness for purpose of the trust’s leadership, processes and governance arrangements.

“I have specific concerns about waiting list management within the trust, particularly in orthopaedics.”

Mrs Hart has ordered the trust to carry out a review into waiting list management within the trust, which runs Wales’ largest hospital, the University Hospital of Wales.

And she wants an assurance review of the trust’s processes, leadership and governance to be carried out.

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