Ceredigion AM Elin Jones has expressed concern that Hywel Dda Health Board has highlighted by the Auditor General for Wales as failing to operate within its budget.

The Hywel Dda Board, along with Powys and Cardiff and Vale, presented accounts which showed an overspend of nearly £20 million. The board is also one of four in Wales which has yet to have its budget for the next three years approved.

Shadow Health Minister Elin Jones said: “This news is worrying, and suggests that things are not getting any better at the Health Board. The new chairman and chief executive face major challenges in getting to grips with weaknesses in financial planning.

“The Welsh Government has, in the past, bailed out overspending health boards, but with the public finances being squeezed by cuts from Westminster, the Minister has warned that this may not happen in future.

“As the recent Nuffield Report highlighted, there are particular difficulties in the years ahead in providing healthcare in rural areas, and I call on the Welsh Government to look again at its funding formula to ensure that our area is resourced fairly and adequately.”