Following on from a previous story that only 62% of buildings owned by Betsi Cadwaladr are "operationally safe”, it has been revealed today that maintenance backlog for buildings run by Swansea Bay University Health board has topped £100 million, with two-thirds being in either poor or bad condition.
Commenting on the news, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Russell George MS said:
“It is staggering that Labour ministers have let Swansea Bay Health Board fall into disrepair through complete negligence. More than £100million in maintenance costs indicates decades of neglect by the Labour Government, which has been running the Welsh NHS since 1999.
“Across Wales the cost of the maintenance backlog has more than doubled to three-quarters of a billion pounds in just five years shows that the Labour Government are not interested in the upkeep of hospitals.
“Labour have imposed real terms cuts to the health service here in Wales, the only government in the UK to do this, not once, but twice. Their neglect is causing avoidable harm to the welfare of both patients and staff. Labour ministers must get a grip on the true scale of the damage they are doing to our NHS and stop breaking all the wrong records.”