New health board chairman announced

Western Telegraph: Hywel Dda University Health Board chairman Bernardine Rees OBE Hywel Dda University Health Board chairman Bernardine Rees OBE

THE new chairman of Hywel Dda University Health Board was announced by the Health Minister Mark Drakeford today.

Bernardine Rees OBE will take over from Chris Martin who retired this month.

Mrs Rees, who trained as a nurse and lives in Ceredigion, was chief executive of the former Pembrokeshire Local Health Board and Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire local health boards between 2003 and 2009.

Her last executive position in NHS Wales was as director of primary, community and mental health at Cwm Taf University Health Board, where she also served as the organisation’s deputy chief executive.

Mrs Rees is currently serving as a non-executive director of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust. She will resign this position to assume her new role at Hywel Dda University Health Board.

The chairman’s role is to ensure the board functions effectively by managing the agenda and establishing the board as a corporate team. Mrs Rees’ term of office will start on July 1, 2014 and run until July 31, 2018.

Professor Drakeford said: “I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Bernardine Rees OBE as the new chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board.

“I know she is passionate and enthusiastic about Hywel Dda University Health Board and has a wealth of relevant experience and I wish her well in her new role.

“I attach great importance to the appointment of chairs who are chosen for their skills and experience and for the contribution they make to the work of the health board.”

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5:00pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Dave Edwards says...

Disgraceful!
I am ashamed, as a Labour Member, that the minister sees fit to appoint the former CEO, who has a lot to answer for in the current state of Withybush, as chair of the board overseeing the mess she is partialy responsible for.
Disgraceful! I am ashamed, as a Labour Member, that the minister sees fit to appoint the former CEO, who has a lot to answer for in the current state of Withybush, as chair of the board overseeing the mess she is partialy responsible for. Dave Edwards
  • Score: 6

5:19pm Mon 9 Jun 14

philipw says...

Dave Edwards wrote:
Disgraceful!
I am ashamed, as a Labour Member, that the minister sees fit to appoint the former CEO, who has a lot to answer for in the current state of Withybush, as chair of the board overseeing the mess she is partialy responsible for.
I don't know so much about this person, but it does seem another case of jobs for the boys, or should I say girls in this case! We really could do with some new blood(excuse the pun) in Hywel Dda
Ps I'm a labour member too. Email to WGl on its way already!
[quote][p][bold]Dave Edwards[/bold] wrote: Disgraceful! I am ashamed, as a Labour Member, that the minister sees fit to appoint the former CEO, who has a lot to answer for in the current state of Withybush, as chair of the board overseeing the mess she is partialy responsible for.[/p][/quote]I don't know so much about this person, but it does seem another case of jobs for the boys, or should I say girls in this case! We really could do with some new blood(excuse the pun) in Hywel Dda Ps I'm a labour member too. Email to WGl on its way already! philipw
  • Score: 2

9:18pm Mon 9 Jun 14

viv stoddart says...

Bernadine Rees has had a life-time career in the NHS. She is a true insider, no doubt steeped in the organisation's culture, How can it be that she, or anyone with such a long NHS CV, be deemed to be the best person to fulfil this key role. which will include scrutinising and dictating the work of her erstwhile colleagues?
And for those W Telegraph readers who ask "Who she?"-the answer is that Bernadine Rees was one of the two authors and drivers behind the infamous Designed to Deliver glossy blueprint of eight years ago, that sought to downgrade Withybush Hospital, and heralded the advent of the deeply unpopular three-counties strong Hywel Dda Health Board.
At that time, the county's health watchdog, Pembrokeshire Community Health Council objected to the Designed to Deliver plans, saying that maintaining Withybush Hospital in its current site, with state-of-the-art accident and emergency department and a range of other services; and keeping the Special Care Baby-unit and consultant-led obstetric and maternity services were key to essential health services for the county.
Pembrokeshire people gave a resounding no to the reorganisation proposed in Designed to Deliver, just as they now say no to the very same controversial plans.
Is it appropriate to appoint to this crucial post of health board chair, a person who has a long-history of pre-determined commitment to the radical, unpopular, and imminent changes to the county's health service?
Bernadine Rees has had a life-time career in the NHS. She is a true insider, no doubt steeped in the organisation's culture, How can it be that she, or anyone with such a long NHS CV, be deemed to be the best person to fulfil this key role. which will include scrutinising and dictating the work of her erstwhile colleagues? And for those W Telegraph readers who ask "Who she?"-the answer is that Bernadine Rees was one of the two authors and drivers behind the infamous Designed to Deliver glossy blueprint of eight years ago, that sought to downgrade Withybush Hospital, and heralded the advent of the deeply unpopular three-counties strong Hywel Dda Health Board. At that time, the county's health watchdog, Pembrokeshire Community Health Council objected to the Designed to Deliver plans, saying that maintaining Withybush Hospital in its current site, with state-of-the-art accident and emergency department and a range of other services; and keeping the Special Care Baby-unit and consultant-led obstetric and maternity services were key to essential health services for the county. Pembrokeshire people gave a resounding no to the reorganisation proposed in Designed to Deliver, just as they now say no to the very same controversial plans. Is it appropriate to appoint to this crucial post of health board chair, a person who has a long-history of pre-determined commitment to the radical, unpopular, and imminent changes to the county's health service? viv stoddart
  • Score: 23

10:45pm Mon 9 Jun 14

eirona says...

Very well put Viv Stoddart out of one fire into another.
Very well put Viv Stoddart out of one fire into another. eirona
  • Score: 1

9:00am Tue 10 Jun 14

Gogledd says...

I dont know the back ground here well enough to comment...but it seems to me as it has done for years that this and other WG jobs has and will always be jobs for the boys. All I can say is that it is un believable that we should be seeing the shameful reduction of services in Wales as a whole because its happening elsewhere too not just here. But this will effect us. I have given up writing to the WG. They do no want to know. They are set on their course and are not interested in anything outside their own personal gain. This would not be happening to an English County!. They are still under the control of the English Parliament. There is no point in us electing MP's in Wales. They have no power its all done by the WG. God help the Scots!! if they vote YES
I dont know the back ground here well enough to comment...but it seems to me as it has done for years that this and other WG jobs has and will always be jobs for the boys. All I can say is that it is un believable that we should be seeing the shameful reduction of services in Wales as a whole because its happening elsewhere too not just here. But this will effect us. I have given up writing to the WG. They do no want to know. They are set on their course and are not interested in anything outside their own personal gain. This would not be happening to an English County!. They are still under the control of the English Parliament. There is no point in us electing MP's in Wales. They have no power its all done by the WG. God help the Scots!! if they vote YES Gogledd
  • Score: 4

12:29pm Tue 10 Jun 14

JonnyBlueJeans says...

viv stoddart wrote:
Bernadine Rees has had a life-time career in the NHS. She is a true insider, no doubt steeped in the organisation's culture, How can it be that she, or anyone with such a long NHS CV, be deemed to be the best person to fulfil this key role. which will include scrutinising and dictating the work of her erstwhile colleagues?
And for those W Telegraph readers who ask "Who she?"-the answer is that Bernadine Rees was one of the two authors and drivers behind the infamous Designed to Deliver glossy blueprint of eight years ago, that sought to downgrade Withybush Hospital, and heralded the advent of the deeply unpopular three-counties strong Hywel Dda Health Board.
At that time, the county's health watchdog, Pembrokeshire Community Health Council objected to the Designed to Deliver plans, saying that maintaining Withybush Hospital in its current site, with state-of-the-art accident and emergency department and a range of other services; and keeping the Special Care Baby-unit and consultant-led obstetric and maternity services were key to essential health services for the county.
Pembrokeshire people gave a resounding no to the reorganisation proposed in Designed to Deliver, just as they now say no to the very same controversial plans.
Is it appropriate to appoint to this crucial post of health board chair, a person who has a long-history of pre-determined commitment to the radical, unpopular, and imminent changes to the county's health service?
Well said Viv, fully behind everything you have said here
[quote][p][bold]viv stoddart[/bold] wrote: Bernadine Rees has had a life-time career in the NHS. She is a true insider, no doubt steeped in the organisation's culture, How can it be that she, or anyone with such a long NHS CV, be deemed to be the best person to fulfil this key role. which will include scrutinising and dictating the work of her erstwhile colleagues? And for those W Telegraph readers who ask "Who she?"-the answer is that Bernadine Rees was one of the two authors and drivers behind the infamous Designed to Deliver glossy blueprint of eight years ago, that sought to downgrade Withybush Hospital, and heralded the advent of the deeply unpopular three-counties strong Hywel Dda Health Board. At that time, the county's health watchdog, Pembrokeshire Community Health Council objected to the Designed to Deliver plans, saying that maintaining Withybush Hospital in its current site, with state-of-the-art accident and emergency department and a range of other services; and keeping the Special Care Baby-unit and consultant-led obstetric and maternity services were key to essential health services for the county. Pembrokeshire people gave a resounding no to the reorganisation proposed in Designed to Deliver, just as they now say no to the very same controversial plans. Is it appropriate to appoint to this crucial post of health board chair, a person who has a long-history of pre-determined commitment to the radical, unpopular, and imminent changes to the county's health service?[/p][/quote]Well said Viv, fully behind everything you have said here JonnyBlueJeans
  • Score: 8

5:47pm Tue 10 Jun 14

chizy says...

Well said Viv Stoddart!!
Health Boards have a habit of shipping people around don't they?These individuals make a name for themselves (for the wrong reasons), get shipped out to another authority elsewhere (normally with a relocation purse and other sweeteners) and when they think everyone has forgotten, they are brought back to powerful positions.
These actions are very typical in the private sector but are scarily becoming the norm in the public sectors such as health etc.
Very worrying......
Well said Viv Stoddart!! Health Boards have a habit of shipping people around don't they?These individuals make a name for themselves (for the wrong reasons), get shipped out to another authority elsewhere (normally with a relocation purse and other sweeteners) and when they think everyone has forgotten, they are brought back to powerful positions. These actions are very typical in the private sector but are scarily becoming the norm in the public sectors such as health etc. Very worrying...... chizy
  • Score: 0

6:41pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Dave Edwards says...

£59,750 p.a. for 15 days a month. Nice work if you have friends in high places.
£59,750 p.a. for 15 days a month. Nice work if you have friends in high places. Dave Edwards
  • Score: 0

1:29pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Gogledd says...

Dave Edwards wrote:
£59,750 p.a. for 15 days a month. Nice work if you have friends in high places.
I agree, but sadly this is the state of things in Politics today and in every county in the UK. It most probably always has been but I think these days we know more about it. Still cant stop it though because its in the interests of those in power to block all attempts at democracy which is in itself and illusion. Nuff said
[quote][p][bold]Dave Edwards[/bold] wrote: £59,750 p.a. for 15 days a month. Nice work if you have friends in high places.[/p][/quote]I agree, but sadly this is the state of things in Politics today and in every county in the UK. It most probably always has been but I think these days we know more about it. Still cant stop it though because its in the interests of those in power to block all attempts at democracy which is in itself and illusion. Nuff said Gogledd
  • Score: -7

2:53pm Wed 11 Jun 14

seaveiw says...

Lets hope this local person or her family ever need to use any of the downgraded facilities at Withbush hospital.
Lets hope this local person or her family ever need to use any of the downgraded facilities at Withbush hospital. seaveiw
  • Score: -7

7:33am Thu 12 Jun 14

teifion says...

seaveiw wrote:
Lets hope this local person or her family ever need to use any of the downgraded facilities at Withbush hospital.
With that sort of salaray she can afford private health insurance

Bit like Education ministers send their kids to private sKools
[quote][p][bold]seaveiw[/bold] wrote: Lets hope this local person or her family ever need to use any of the downgraded facilities at Withbush hospital.[/p][/quote]With that sort of salaray she can afford private health insurance Bit like Education ministers send their kids to private sKools teifion
  • Score: -5

3:58pm Thu 12 Jun 14

J_Parker says...

To those who do not agree with this appointment,

Would you rather have someone who hasn’t built their career up from the grass roots of the NHS, is and is afraid to be unpopular?

Policy’s that are the best for the development of the NHS as a WHOLE, may not be popular but people need to see the bigger picture.

I would far rather have someone who is dedicated, worked their way up from a trainee nurse to the chairman, having sat at every level of management, including senior positions of nursing and have a great knowledge and appreciation of the NHS system. Someone who is not being afraid of the comments from people who are small minded and being the unpopular person. Yes the chairman must not be afraid to call out colleagues and if Mrs Rees has got the guts to take on the job then I fully support her.

I’d like to point out that they don’t hand out OBE’s to anyone, so for Mrs Rees to have been granted one for her contribution to the services of the NHS then that puts her as one of the best placed to have the role of Chairman, and you should be proud of that. How many LHB’s have that to their credit?
To those who do not agree with this appointment, Would you rather have someone who hasn’t built their career up from the grass roots of the NHS, is and is afraid to be unpopular? Policy’s that are the best for the development of the NHS as a WHOLE, may not be popular but people need to see the bigger picture. I would far rather have someone who is dedicated, worked their way up from a trainee nurse to the chairman, having sat at every level of management, including senior positions of nursing and have a great knowledge and appreciation of the NHS system. Someone who is not being afraid of the comments from people who are small minded and being the unpopular person. Yes the chairman must not be afraid to call out colleagues and if Mrs Rees has got the guts to take on the job then I fully support her. I’d like to point out that they don’t hand out OBE’s to anyone, so for Mrs Rees to have been granted one for her contribution to the services of the NHS then that puts her as one of the best placed to have the role of Chairman, and you should be proud of that. How many LHB’s have that to their credit? J_Parker
  • Score: 12

3:59pm Fri 13 Jun 14

seaveiw says...

J_Parker wrote:
To those who do not agree with this appointment,

Would you rather have someone who hasn’t built their career up from the grass roots of the NHS, is and is afraid to be unpopular?

Policy’s that are the best for the development of the NHS as a WHOLE, may not be popular but people need to see the bigger picture.

I would far rather have someone who is dedicated, worked their way up from a trainee nurse to the chairman, having sat at every level of management, including senior positions of nursing and have a great knowledge and appreciation of the NHS system. Someone who is not being afraid of the comments from people who are small minded and being the unpopular person. Yes the chairman must not be afraid to call out colleagues and if Mrs Rees has got the guts to take on the job then I fully support her.

I’d like to point out that they don’t hand out OBE’s to anyone, so for Mrs Rees to have been granted one for her contribution to the services of the NHS then that puts her as one of the best placed to have the role of Chairman, and you should be proud of that. How many LHB’s have that to their credit?
would rather have someone who appreciates the philosophy of the NHS and has not been instrumental in its demise, I worked in the NHS since 1956 until 2005 when I retired from a senior position but oh dear!! what is going on at Withbush Hospital makes me feel very dismayed. The obstetric and paediatric department are of great concern, perhaps this lady would reevaluate the data on which the decision to downgrade these units were made and hopefully change the decision made. Savings will not be made only one obstetrical crisis in which there is damage to mother or baby can result in a considerable pay out
[quote][p][bold]J_Parker[/bold] wrote: To those who do not agree with this appointment, Would you rather have someone who hasn’t built their career up from the grass roots of the NHS, is and is afraid to be unpopular? Policy’s that are the best for the development of the NHS as a WHOLE, may not be popular but people need to see the bigger picture. I would far rather have someone who is dedicated, worked their way up from a trainee nurse to the chairman, having sat at every level of management, including senior positions of nursing and have a great knowledge and appreciation of the NHS system. Someone who is not being afraid of the comments from people who are small minded and being the unpopular person. Yes the chairman must not be afraid to call out colleagues and if Mrs Rees has got the guts to take on the job then I fully support her. I’d like to point out that they don’t hand out OBE’s to anyone, so for Mrs Rees to have been granted one for her contribution to the services of the NHS then that puts her as one of the best placed to have the role of Chairman, and you should be proud of that. How many LHB’s have that to their credit?[/p][/quote]would rather have someone who appreciates the philosophy of the NHS and has not been instrumental in its demise, I worked in the NHS since 1956 until 2005 when I retired from a senior position but oh dear!! what is going on at Withbush Hospital makes me feel very dismayed. The obstetric and paediatric department are of great concern, perhaps this lady would reevaluate the data on which the decision to downgrade these units were made and hopefully change the decision made. Savings will not be made only one obstetrical crisis in which there is damage to mother or baby can result in a considerable pay out seaveiw
  • Score: 3

3:59pm Fri 13 Jun 14

seaveiw says...

J_Parker wrote:
To those who do not agree with this appointment,

Would you rather have someone who hasn’t built their career up from the grass roots of the NHS, is and is afraid to be unpopular?

Policy’s that are the best for the development of the NHS as a WHOLE, may not be popular but people need to see the bigger picture.

I would far rather have someone who is dedicated, worked their way up from a trainee nurse to the chairman, having sat at every level of management, including senior positions of nursing and have a great knowledge and appreciation of the NHS system. Someone who is not being afraid of the comments from people who are small minded and being the unpopular person. Yes the chairman must not be afraid to call out colleagues and if Mrs Rees has got the guts to take on the job then I fully support her.

I’d like to point out that they don’t hand out OBE’s to anyone, so for Mrs Rees to have been granted one for her contribution to the services of the NHS then that puts her as one of the best placed to have the role of Chairman, and you should be proud of that. How many LHB’s have that to their credit?
would rather have someone who appreciates the philosophy of the NHS and has not been instrumental in its demise, I worked in the NHS since 1956 until 2005 when I retired from a senior position but oh dear!! what is going on at Withbush Hospital makes me feel very dismayed. The obstetric and paediatric department are of great concern, perhaps this lady would reevaluate the data on which the decision to downgrade these units were made and hopefully change the decision made. Savings will not be made only one obstetrical crisis in which there is damage to mother or baby can result in a considerable pay out
[quote][p][bold]J_Parker[/bold] wrote: To those who do not agree with this appointment, Would you rather have someone who hasn’t built their career up from the grass roots of the NHS, is and is afraid to be unpopular? Policy’s that are the best for the development of the NHS as a WHOLE, may not be popular but people need to see the bigger picture. I would far rather have someone who is dedicated, worked their way up from a trainee nurse to the chairman, having sat at every level of management, including senior positions of nursing and have a great knowledge and appreciation of the NHS system. Someone who is not being afraid of the comments from people who are small minded and being the unpopular person. Yes the chairman must not be afraid to call out colleagues and if Mrs Rees has got the guts to take on the job then I fully support her. I’d like to point out that they don’t hand out OBE’s to anyone, so for Mrs Rees to have been granted one for her contribution to the services of the NHS then that puts her as one of the best placed to have the role of Chairman, and you should be proud of that. How many LHB’s have that to their credit?[/p][/quote]would rather have someone who appreciates the philosophy of the NHS and has not been instrumental in its demise, I worked in the NHS since 1956 until 2005 when I retired from a senior position but oh dear!! what is going on at Withbush Hospital makes me feel very dismayed. The obstetric and paediatric department are of great concern, perhaps this lady would reevaluate the data on which the decision to downgrade these units were made and hopefully change the decision made. Savings will not be made only one obstetrical crisis in which there is damage to mother or baby can result in a considerable pay out seaveiw
  • Score: 1

4:09pm Fri 13 Jun 14

eirona says...

Lets look at previous chief exe & Chair appointments -Bernadine Rees, Phil Thompson (when Pembrokeshire & Derwen Trust). Job kept open for 1 year in spite of suitable applicant until he finished working on Designed to Deliver and then he was appointed. Trevor Purt previously at Rochdale where he centralised services promising Rochdale they would lose some services but become centre of excellence in another. Once in place left and came here before problems arose and Rochdale is now virtually closed. Now leaving here and going to do same in North Wales. Chris Martin now leaving as well to go to Milford Port Authority before problems surface. And back to Bernadine Rees. All above presided over the public consultation or involved in pushing centralising services So in answer to above YES I would rather have someone new than one who has shown previously they will support moving essential services to Glangwili.
Lets look at previous chief exe & Chair appointments -Bernadine Rees, Phil Thompson (when Pembrokeshire & Derwen Trust). Job kept open for 1 year in spite of suitable applicant until he finished working on Designed to Deliver and then he was appointed. Trevor Purt previously at Rochdale where he centralised services promising Rochdale they would lose some services but become centre of excellence in another. Once in place left and came here before problems arose and Rochdale is now virtually closed. Now leaving here and going to do same in North Wales. Chris Martin now leaving as well to go to Milford Port Authority before problems surface. And back to Bernadine Rees. All above presided over the public consultation or involved in pushing centralising services So in answer to above YES I would rather have someone new than one who has shown previously they will support moving essential services to Glangwili. eirona
  • Score: 3

8:16pm Fri 13 Jun 14

teifion says...

teifion wrote:
seaveiw wrote:
Lets hope this local person or her family ever need to use any of the downgraded facilities at Withbush hospital.
With that sort of salaray she can afford private health insurance

Bit like Education ministers send their kids to private sKools
Oh Dear Bernie's already got her "advisors" voting her up - nothing new then, she'll create a superhospital in Carmarthen and sod Pembs
[quote][p][bold]teifion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seaveiw[/bold] wrote: Lets hope this local person or her family ever need to use any of the downgraded facilities at Withbush hospital.[/p][/quote]With that sort of salaray she can afford private health insurance Bit like Education ministers send their kids to private sKools[/p][/quote]Oh Dear Bernie's already got her "advisors" voting her up - nothing new then, she'll create a superhospital in Carmarthen and sod Pembs teifion
  • Score: 0

1:29pm Sun 15 Jun 14

seaveiw says...

eirona wrote:
Lets look at previous chief exe & Chair appointments -Bernadine Rees, Phil Thompson (when Pembrokeshire & Derwen Trust). Job kept open for 1 year in spite of suitable applicant until he finished working on Designed to Deliver and then he was appointed. Trevor Purt previously at Rochdale where he centralised services promising Rochdale they would lose some services but become centre of excellence in another. Once in place left and came here before problems arose and Rochdale is now virtually closed. Now leaving here and going to do same in North Wales. Chris Martin now leaving as well to go to Milford Port Authority before problems surface. And back to Bernadine Rees. All above presided over the public consultation or involved in pushing centralising services So in answer to above YES I would rather have someone new than one who has shown previously they will support moving essential services to Glangwili.
I recall too that this lady was instrumental in producing a document about eight years ago that sought to downgrade Withybush hospital there is only one reason she has been appointed to carry out these proposals.
[quote][p][bold]eirona[/bold] wrote: Lets look at previous chief exe & Chair appointments -Bernadine Rees, Phil Thompson (when Pembrokeshire & Derwen Trust). Job kept open for 1 year in spite of suitable applicant until he finished working on Designed to Deliver and then he was appointed. Trevor Purt previously at Rochdale where he centralised services promising Rochdale they would lose some services but become centre of excellence in another. Once in place left and came here before problems arose and Rochdale is now virtually closed. Now leaving here and going to do same in North Wales. Chris Martin now leaving as well to go to Milford Port Authority before problems surface. And back to Bernadine Rees. All above presided over the public consultation or involved in pushing centralising services So in answer to above YES I would rather have someone new than one who has shown previously they will support moving essential services to Glangwili.[/p][/quote]I recall too that this lady was instrumental in producing a document about eight years ago that sought to downgrade Withybush hospital there is only one reason she has been appointed to carry out these proposals. seaveiw
  • Score: 4

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