Finance director off sick at health board which needs to save PS23m.
Byline: Mark Smith Health correspondent firstname.lastname@example.org
A HEALTH board which has a budget deficit of more than PS23m has defended itself after it was revealed its finance director has been off sick for three months.
Charlotte Moar, the finance director at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, has been absent due to "ill health", according to the board.
Ms Moar, who is still on sickness leave, is currently on an estimated salary of PS175,000 a year which she is entitled to for six months in line with the health board's sickness absence policy.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said it was unable to comment on individual staff circumstances due to confidentiality.
But it assured patients within the health board that "robust processes" were in place to maintain resilience in its teams and ensure its important work was able to continue.
Despite the health board delivering an estimated PS15.14m worth of savings by November 2014, it still has a predicted deficit of PS23.6m.
It is claimed Ms Moar's role has been shared between the chief executive Adam Cairns and chief operating officer Alice Casey.
The Echo also understands that the health board has recently created - and appointed - a number of new senior management posts within the chief operating officer's office.
Alice Casey said: "These roles are dedicated to supporting the clinical teams with the improvement and efficiency plans that the health board is striving to implement across clinical areas.
"Some are clinical appointments specifically aimed at helping improve patient flow, ensuring patients are seen in the right place, at the right time, first time.
"In recent weeks we have seen how important that is in ensuring patients are seen promptly and able to access the appropriate care for their needs."
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board was forced to cancel elective and outpatient activities at the University Hospital of Wales and Llandough Hospital in Cardiff on January 26.
All non-urgent outpatient appointments were cancelled with the exception of cardiac, dermatology, haematology, mental health clinics, ophthalmology, dental, children's clinics, thoracic and fracture clinics.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has a budget deficit of PS23.6m