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WAG consults again on plans for NHS redesign in Wales

Details of the planned NHS restructure in Wales have been published bythe Welsh Assembly Government in its second consultation paper,“Delivering the new NHS for Wales”

Details of the planned NHS restructure in Wales have been published by the Welsh Assembly Government in its second consultation paper, “Delivering the new NHS for Wales” (PDF 1.6MB).

The document describes how the dissolution of existing local health boards and NHS trusts in Wales will be carried out, outlines the planned structure, functions and membership of the seven new local health boards that will replace them, and sets out a timetable for the process.

Public appointments for the restructured organisations have begun, with seven transitional directors appointed to co-ordinate the changes and maintain business continuity throughout the restructure.

The consultation closes on 25 February 2009 and responses will be published on the WAG website.

Additional information: online only

Draft statutory documents published alongside the consultation paper stipulate that six new LHBs are to be created in shadow form on 1 June 2009, and be made fully operational from 1 October 2009 — to coincide with dissolution of the current structure.

Powys is the only existing LHB in Wales that will remain, bringing the total number of integrated LHBs to seven.

NHS trusts in Wales will also be dissolved on 1 October 2009, according to draft legislation, and all staff, property, rights and liabilities be transferred to the newly established LHBs. The only existing NHS trusts that will survive the redesign are the Velindre and Welsh ambulance service NHS trusts.

A national advisory board (NAB) and a national delivery group (NDG), both designed to support the performance and management of the new NHS in Wales, will be operational from 1 April 2009.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10043373

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