Monday, October 22, 2007

BBC NEWS | Wales | NHS patients 'lost in the gaps'

BBC NEWS Wales NHS patients 'lost in the gaps'

NHS patients 'lost in the gaps'

Edwina Hart said the problems for some patients in Wales were unacceptable. Some patients get "lost in the gaps" because Wales has too many local health boards (LHBs), Health Minister Edwina Hart has warned.
With a review due to report by the end of the year, Ms Hart has indicated that the number should be cut from 22.
In an interview with a health magazine, she said it was not right that patients were being "batted back and forth".
The Welsh Assembly Government said it was committed to simplifying the system and reducing bureaucracy.
Ms Hart, who became health minister last May, signalled her thinking in an interview with the magazine of patients' group Hafal.

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