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Health Board Mergers Will Be a 'Nightmare'

Magazine article Public Finance

Health Board Mergers Will Be a 'Nightmare'

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The timetable for the creation of new local health boards in Wales will create a 'nightmare' for NHS finance staff, the head of strategic direction at the Welsh Assembly Government has admitted.

Bob Hudson told delegates at the CIPFA Wales Cymru annual conference that, the boards will be created in shadow form from June next year and will go live in October. Seven new super-boards will emerge from the merger of the current 22 LHBs with the nine NHS trusts in Wales.

'A mid-year transition will give the accountants a bit of a nightmare in terms of running two completely different systems through 2009/10,' he said.

'But to delay until the following April would create even greater uncertainty in the system than is already there now."

Confusingly, the LHB name is being retained for the new boards. 'NHS trusts are very closely associated with the reforms of the early 1990s and the implementation of the internal market. LHBs don't carry quite the same historical baggage,' Hudson suggested. …

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