Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Minister for Health Rhun ap Iorwerth MS will today set out plans to scrap troubled Betsi Cadwaladr health board that has been in special measures for over 5 years

Rhun ap Iorwerth MS, Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister will today (Thursday 1 October) set out in his speech during Plaid Cymru’s virtual conference plans to replace Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board.

In his speech, Mr ap Iorwerth will detail how a Plaid Cymru government will address a series of concerns resulting from Labour’s mismanagement of the NHS.

Mr ap Iorwerth will describe the need for a “new health and care landscape in the north”, describing the current system as too big and cumbersome, with standards suffering as a result of a “centralised agenda”.

Other issues being raised in the speech will include the lack of investment and subsequent lack of resilience within the NHS, a lack of pandemic preparedness, and the failure to establish a robust testing system in Wales, with an overreliance on the UK wide scheme.

Mr ap Iorwerth will also reiterate plans to establish a combined Health and Care system providing social care free at the point of need.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for Health, Rhun ap Iorwerth MS said,

“In the north, the population has endured over five years of a Health Board in special measures. For five years the Government has failed to get to grips with running the health board. Well I say, enough is enough. For the sake of staff and patients, it’s time for a new health and care landscape in the north.  

“I’m not looking for a health reorganisation to preside over but here’s one that’s well overdue. Betsi Cadwaladr has to go, and I would redesign those services in the north as Health Minister.

“And although reorganisation by itself is never enough to solve problems, we in the north can now develop a new model - a model that delivers for patients from Wrexham to Aberdaron, a new leader in providing bilingual healthcare in the north west, a model of delivering health to rural areas, and delivering true health and care integration.

“If elected next year, Plaid Cymru will establish a new seamless National Health and Care Service for Wales. A new joined up service with a renewed emphasis on early intervention and preventative health, on promoting people’s independence, that treats health and care staff equally in terms of pay and conditions, and with Social Care provided free at the point of need – finishing the work started by Aneurin Bevan all those years ago."