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Dyfed Area Health Authority

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what is the total number of letters that he has received from district councils, community health councils, town councils, and community councils, objecting to Dyfed area health authority's plans to enlarge its central administration and remove the local district management and proposing some form of smaller health authorities for Dyfed;(2) how many letters he has received for and against Dyfed area health authority's plans to enlarge its central administration and remove the local district management, broken down as between each of the former counties of Carmarthen, Cardigan and Pembroke;(3) what is the number of letters in total that he has received from district councils, community health councils, town councils and community councils, supporting Dyfed area health authority's plans to enlarge its central administration and remove the local district management.

A number of the representations received in response to "Patients First" have commented on possible changes in the management arrangements within Dyfed area health authority. They reflect a wide range of opinion and do not readily fit into the categories suggested by the hon. Member. To try to set out numbers of letters in these categories would therefore be misleading. My right hon. Friend proposes to make a statement when his consideration of all the representations received is complete.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish in full in the Official Report the result of the inquiry by independent accountants called in to investigate an irregularity in the accounts of the Dyfed area health authority.

Dyfed AHA has recently commissioned a firm of commercial accountants to examine the financial information and control systems of the authority with particular reference to the overspending which occurred in the financial year 1979–80, and to make recommendations for improvements which would serve to avoid such an occurrence in future. It is for the AHA to decide whether the report it receives should be published.