NDM7179 Plaid Cymru debate - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board's New Rotas

NDM7179 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Opposes Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s decision to introduce new rotas that will extend shifts for nursing staff from January 2020.

2. Believes this is a damaging and retrograde step - particularly at a time when more than one in ten nursing posts in the health board is vacant.

3. Notes that BCUHB has been in special measures for the past four years and is therefore under the direct control of the Minister for Health and Social Services.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to overturn the decision and protect nurses’ working conditions.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Rebecca Evans (Gower)

Delete all and replace with:

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Values the NHS workforce and our social partnership working arrangements in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), and in all health boards across Wales.

2. Notes that BCUHB continues to engage with nursing staff and their trades unions on changes to nursing rotas.

 

[If Amendment 1 is agreed amendments 2, 3 and 4 will be de-selected]

Amendment 2 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Insert as new point after point 2 and renumber accordingly:

Further regrets that the number of working days lost due to stress and mental health related issues within the health board has increased by 20 per cent since 2014.

Amendment 3 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

In point 3, delete 'the past' and replace with 'more than'.

Amendment 4 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Insert as new point after point 3 and renumber accordingly:

Regrets that the Minister for Health and Social Services has failed to prevent this decision from being made.

Amendment 5 - Caroline Jones (South Wales West)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Further calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and other health boards across Wales do not attempt to circumvent the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 by reclassifying working patterns.

Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016

 

Business type: Debate

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 07/06/2021

Decision due: 6 Nov 2019 by Plenary - Fifth Senedd

Lead member: Rhun ap Iorwerth MS