A liver suspended surgeon over the "avoidable deaths" of 8 patients has been referred to police by the local Health Board.
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Maria Davies' partner Martyn Rogers was one of eight patients whose deaths were 'avoidable' at Cardiff hospital. She has told ITV News about the loss on what would have been his birthday.
Maria said she blames Professor David Berry for Martyn's death: "He didn't just take Martyn's life, he took mine as well. I'm nothing without him now. I just want the answers, I just want to know why they took him."
Dr Kevin Harris, Medical Director at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said:
“There are no concerns about the current mortality rates in liver resection procedures carried out at the University Hospitals of Leicester.
" However, if as a result of the coverage from Wales any patients or relatives would like to talk to us they should call (free phone) 0808 178 8337."
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has commissioned an independent review into work of a suspended liver surgeon in Wales who previous worked at its hospitals.
In a statement, it said some of Professor David Berry's results were "lower than expected."
– Dr Kevin Harris, Medical Director at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
This is specialist surgery and there are a number of reasons why this might be the case, so rather than speculate we have asked the Royal College of Surgeons to carry out an independent, impartial review of Professor Berry’s cases and once that review is complete we will report back
– South Wales Police Detective Supt Paul Hurley
This matter has been referred to us by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Following a report from the Royal College of Surgeons into the specifics of this case we have liaised with the Coroner and are now in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service to examine the facts.
Lawyers representing the family of a man whose ‘avoidable’ death was linked to suspended liver surgeon David Paul Berry have called for Cardiff & the Vale University Health Board to make the findings of its internal inquiry public.
We are shocked and deeply concerned to learn of the scale of the number of avoidable deaths linked to Mr Berry’s surgery during his short time at University Hospital Wales.
Eight avoidable deaths within just 18 months is very concerning and the health board must provide urgent answers to all those affected about how this could have happened.
Martyn Rogers who died of blood poisoning and acute liver failure on 25 July last year, a week after undergoing surgery by Mr Berry to remove tumours from his liver.
His partner Maria Davies says she is "shocked to the core" after learning the deaths of other patients may have been preventable.
– Emma Rush, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
Our client Maria, and no doubt the other families who have lost loved ones, now deserve quick and transparent information from the Board about exactly what has gone wrong, how it could go wrong and what action is being taken to protect patient safety and prevent any further avoidable deaths.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has set up a helpline for anyone who is concerned about the surgical care they received in relation to liver surgery between February 2011 and October 2012.
The helpline number is: 0800 952 0244.
It will be open from noon to 8pm from tomorrow until Friday.
Bosses at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board revealed the full extent of their findings as the partner of one of the eight patients whose death was "unavoidable", began legal action to find out exactly what happened.
Martyn Rogers, 66, of Newport, died of blood poisoning and acute liver failure in summer 2012 at University Hospital Wales.
His death on July 25 came one week after surgeon Dr Berry carried out the vital operation to remove tumours from his liver.
Lawyers acting for Maria Davies, his partner of 40 years,have launched their own investigation into what happened in the case of Mr Rogers.
A spokesman for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) has said it can:
Confirm that a specialist liver surgeon working at the University Hospital of Wales was fully suspended from duty in January 2013 following concerns about the outcomes of some liver patients whilst in his care.
The experienced surgeon was employed by the UHB in February 2011.
The UHB identified concerns about the care and treatment of a number his patients who had undergone liver surgery through its normal monitoring procedures in October 2012.
The surgeon was immediately placed on a period of restricted practice pending the outcome of an internal investigation, which confirmed the UHB's initial concerns and resulted in the surgeon being fully suspended from all duties in January 2013.
He was also referred to the General Medical Council.
The surgeon concerned remains fully suspended.
Concerns about the consultant surgeon, a respected specialist in his field, were first raised through the normal monitoring procedures operating at the health board in October 2012.
Officials identified concerns about the care and treatment of a number of patients who had undergone liver surgery led by the consultant.
As a result Dr Berry was immediately placed on restrictive practice while an internal investigation was carried out.
The findings from that investigation were serious enough for Dr Berry to be fully suspended while he was referred to the General Medical Council.
A team from the Royal College of Surgeons was then also called in and an in depth professional investigation carried out.
It uncovered the eight "avoidable deaths" linked to his surgery at the hospital.