PLAID CYMRU spokesperson, Rhun ap Iorwerth, has called for an investigation into the working conditions and treatment of employees at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
After receiving an anonymous email highlighting concerns made by a number of nurses at the hospital, the Health and Care spokesman has written to the Chief Executive and Chair of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, requesting immediate action.
Mr ap Iorwerth first brought the topic up in the Senedd with Health Minister Eluned Morgan MS. He asked for assurance that his concerns would be addressed.
Some of the issues raised include bullying in the workplace, unreasonably long working hours and a poor relationship with management leading to low morale and staff leaving.
Many more nurses have contacted the Ynys Môn MS after the Senedd meeting, praising him for raising the subject and sharing their own experiences. Many of their concerns are identical to those expressed in the initial whistleblower email.
“I was deeply saddened to learn about the very serious concerns of our nurses. Initially one nurse gathered together evidence from her colleagues and passed them to me anonymously as they were so fearful of repercussions,’ Mr ap Iorwerth said.
“After I brought them to the attention of the Health Minister in the Senedd, nurse after nurse made contact with me to confirm and emphasise the concerns.
“I have therefore written to BCUHB, calling on them to conduct an independent investigation. It’s clear to me that there’s a lack of trust in the Health Board’s whistleblowing processes, and our nurses must be given the opportunity to be heard.”
Many nurses have confirmed that they have left their posts at Ysbyty Gwynedd or the profession entirely, with many indicating they are considering handing in their notice.
Mr ap Iorwerth added: “What’s hugely worrying is the impact that the current working conditions are having on staff numbers and morale. Some have concluded that they want to leave their posts, and that many have already left,
“At a time when we face staff shortages following the pandemic, we need to be looking at new ways of attracting new nurses to the profession and increasing training places. But we must also be able to retain the staff we already have, with their invaluable experience and knowledge.”