Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee governance arrangements

The Auditor General for Wales published this Report in May 2021. The Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) is a joint committee made up of the seven local health boards in Wales. WHSSC commissions around £680 million of specialised services and is hosted by Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. Two separate reviews in 2015 highlighted issues with WHSSC’s governance arrangements.


The report found that the governance, management and planning arrangements have improved, but the impact of COVID-19 will require a clear strategy to recover these services. There are also benefits in looking afresh at the Welsh Government’s long-term model for health and social care ‘A Healthier Wales’, given some of the inbuilt challenges it presents for Health Boards.


The Welsh Government responded to the Auditor General in June 2021.



The Public Accounts & Public Administration Committee considered this Report in Autumn 2021 and wrote to the the Welsh Government on  10 December 2021, seeking clarification on a number of issues. The response (31 January 2022) was considered in Committee on 9 February 2022.


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First published: 05/08/2021