The Welsh NHS has forked out £17.8m in redundancy payouts to former staff members in the past three years, figures have revealed.

A Freedom of Information request by the Welsh Conservatives has revealed that between 2012 and 2015, the Welsh NHS made more than 500 separate severance payments.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has spent £6.9m on redundancy packages since 2012 – the most of any health board – followed by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg at £3.3m and Betsi Cadwaladr at £3.1m.

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