The Welsh Labour Government – which has been in power for 17 years – is now faced with financial overspends which are set to triple in four of its Health Boards – including the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board which is set to overspend by £31,000,000 in the current financial year..
The Health Boards – which are in the main run by Labour Party appointees or Labour Party supporters – are this year forecast to overspend [ i.e. spend money they don’t have] – by £146,000,000.
In what observers say is a half-hearted attempt by Labour to try to instill some sort of financial discipline into its free-spending Health Boards, the Welsh Labour Government has issued a warning that any Health Board that exceeds its allocated resources will “not be bailed out.”
The Welsh Labour Government said “The position in these four health boards is unacceptable, and we have made it clear that we expect them to take action to significantly improve their financial position.” .
However in a mild-mannered message to the four out-of-control Health Boards, the struggling Labour Health Minister Vaughan Gething (AM for Cardiff South and Penarth) has called only for what he describes as a “public conversation between clinicians and the public” on “transforming” the health service .Insiders say that’s code for increasing tax.