Governance Review of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board: Lessons Learnt


The Fourth Assembly Public Accounts Committee undertook an inquiry into governance arrangements at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in 2014 following the publication of the joint Wales Audit Office and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales Review in June 2013 and has maintained a watching brief on the situation since the publication of the Committee’s report in December 2013.

During follow up work, that Committee also looked at governance arrangements generally within the Welsh health boards and its report, Wider issues emanating from the governance review of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (PDF 504KB) (published on 26 February 2016), included the Committee’s conclusions on health board governance, the current situation at BCUHB and the evidence it gathered from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board together with its views on health finances. The Welsh Government, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, and BCUHB responded (PDF 965KB) to the report in June 2016.

The Public Accounts Committee undertook a short inquiry in spring 2019 to ascertain what lessons have been learnt within BCUHB and also considered wider health board governance improvements.

The Welsh Government accepted and implemented the Committee’s recommendations and the Minister for Health and Social Services has issued regular statements on improvements made within the health board as part of the Special Measures process.

Evidence Session

Date, Agenda and Minutes



1.  Welsh Government


Dr Andrew Goodall
Simon Dean
Jo Jordan

Alan Brace

Monday 28 January 2019

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2. Community Health Council


Geoff Ryall-Harvey
Mark Thornton
Garth Higginbotham

Monday 4 February 2019

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3. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board


Mark Polin
Gary Doherty
Andy Roach
Deborah Carter

Monday 4 March 2019

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Business type: Other

Status: Complete

First published: 08/01/2019