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Welsh LHBs call for own restructuring

Officials on Welsh local health boards believe their own organisations should be restructured.

Findings from the NHS Wales Barometer Survey 2006, a poll of 111 board chairs, chief executives, finance and medical directors, reveal they 'tended to disagree' that no restructuring of LHBs should be attempted for at least five years.

The Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care, which conducted the poll, said the

officials also 'tended to agree' some boards should be merged.

Dr Andrew Dearden, chair of GPC Wales, said he was not surprised LHB staff had reached this conclusion: 'Most of us think they should be abolished.'

A Welsh Assembly spokesman said organisations had been asked for proposals for merging if this would benefit patients, but widespread administrative change was not part of the Assembly's agenda.

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