A poisoned chalice. Advertisment for Chairman of Hywel Dda…

The Welsh Government (WG) has advertised for a replacement for Chris Martin to Chair the Hywel Dda board..

See: Trevor Purt to leave his post & Health Board Chairman Resigns More and more will resign, as predicted in the opening posting for NHsreality. The new Chairman will not be allowed to use the word rationing, except to exclude it.

HD Chair Advert – English

HD Chair Advert – Welsh

This post is a poisoned chalice. Chris Martin tried to persuade the people of West Wales to have a new build hospital in Whitland 6 years ago. That money has all gone elsewhere, and the staff at the Withybush and Carmarthen Hospitals would now accept any similar offer with open arms and relief…. What lies ahead is going to be much worse.. The covert rationing and denial of treatments, the increasing waiting lists and times, and the lack of choice mean many patients in West Wales will be unhappy. The press and the media will report this, and despite lots of good works, the general impression will be that of a failing system. So the new Chairman needs to come from outside the area, and retire outside in a few years time when his job (as defined by WG) is done. Would it not be nice to have exit interviews on Mr Purt and Mr Martin, and for them to endorse exit interviews as a contribution to changing the culture..


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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