Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport
In my written statement of 30 June 2016 I set out my decision in relation to NHS integrated medium term plans for 2016 -19
Following a robust scrutiny process of the 2016-19 integrated medium-term plans, I approved the following six organisations – Aneurin Bevan and Cwm Taf University Health Boards; Powys teaching Health Board; Public Health Wales, Velindre , and Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trusts. I was not able to approve three other organisations – Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Betsi Cadwalladr and Hywel Dda University Health Boards.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board were allowed additional time to provide further material information to inform my decision. Following further assessment and advice from officials I have decided not to approve a 3 year plan at this stage. The UHB will be asked to provide a one year operational plan and I have asked officials to work with the health board over the coming months to explore whether they can realise their ambition of achieving an approvable 3 year plan on or before the end of March 2017.
I have set challenging accountability terms to ensure that we continue to drive improvement at pace through the health service, and avoid complacency in any organisation. The performance of these organisations will be reviewed regularly through the year.
This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep Members informed. Should Members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns I would be happy to do so.