Health board deficits cut by more than 40% but remain close to £100million

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A report from BBC Wales revealed that the collective financial deficit in Welsh health boards stood at £97.4million for 2018-19 – a fall of 42% over the last year.

The only health board which saw an increase in its deficit was Betsi Cadwaladr – which serves northern Wales – seeing its deficit rise from £38.8million to £42million. They explained this as being down to staffing issues and high-profile problems in accident & emergency in north-east Wales.

Cwm Taf health board – which took over health services in Bridgend yesterday – Powys health board and Aneurin Bevan health board all broke even.