Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales MS, has responded to the news that Betsi Cadwaladr health board’s chief executive is standing down later this year:
“I wish Jo Whitehead well in what are obviously difficult personal circumstances for her. This departure means that BCUHB will now be searching for its seventh chief executive or interim CEO in just nine years and that’s symptomatic of an organisation that is struggling in terms of leadership and direction.
“Most of those years have been spent in special measures under the direct intervention of the Labour Government, a period of time that did not see significant improvements in many departments.
“Everyone in the North wants to see the health board succeed but we also know it’s under huge strains due to a toxic combination of growing demand, staff shortages, overstretched workforce and senior management that has failed to deal with the challenges over the past decade. The time has come for us to consider whether the current health board is too unwieldy to deal with those challenges and that wider change is needed to deliver the services patients in north Wales deserve.”
PAST CHIEF EXECUTIVES
Mary Burrows -2013
Geoff Lang (interim) 2013-4
Trevor Purt 2014-5
Gary Doherty 2016-2020
Simon Dean (interim) 2020
Jo Whitehead 2020-22