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Welsh Office criticised over Morriston affair

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7083.769k (Published 15 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:769
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Gwent

    The Welsh Office has been criticised for not intervening sooner in the growing financial problems at Morriston NHS Trust, where there had been warnings of a £3.5m ($5.6m) deficit for some time before the announcement of redundancies last August.

    A report by the Parliamentary Welsh Affairs Committee also said that the redundancy programme which led consultants to pass a vote of no confidence in the chief executive and chairman of the trust should never have been necessary. The redundancies announced last August were later withdrawn after widespread condemnation (17 August, p 385).

    “With all the monitoring information available to them it should have been …

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