On 1st October 2009 the 22 Local Health Boards (LHBs) and 7 of the NHS Trusts in Wales were replaced by a new structure made up of 7 new Health Boards.
The previous LHB structure introduced in 2003 had been based on the idea of the “internal market” in which separate NHS bodies acted as either “commissioners” or “providers” of NHS services. It has since been felt that this system had become inefficient, discouraged cooperative working and, importantly, didn't pay enough attention to the needs of patients.
The reorganisation of the NHS in Wales therefore aims to create a more streamlined service with a greater emphasis on the needs of patients, reducing inconsistencies and inefficiencies in commissioning and service-provisions across Wales, and allowing money to be more effectively targeted at where it’s needed.
The new Health Boards will be responsible within their area for planning, funding and delivering of:
Primary care services - GPs, pharmacies, dentists and optometrists
Hospital services for inpatients and outpatients
Community services, including those provided through community health centres and mental health services.
Health boards will be able to provide information to patients and the public about the range of services they provide.
Their role within the standard NHS complaints procedure will be the same as under the old structure, including looking at any complaints against GPs, dentists, pharmacists or optometrists which have not been satisfactorily resolved.
To find further information about your new Health Board you can visit the links below.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
Aneurin Bevan Health Board
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Cwm Taf Health Board
Hywel Dda Health Board
Powys Teaching Health Board
You can also view a map of the areas covered by the new health boards.