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Conservatives: Full inquiry needed into Welsh NHS

The Welsh Conservatives have reiterated their calls for a full inquiry into the levels of care across the NHS in Wales, after today's report into 'unacceptable' levels of care for older people at two hospitals.

Andrew RT Davies has demanded an inquiry similar to that carried out by NHS England Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, where hundreds of patients were believed to have died due to poor standards of care over many years.


Campaigner: Hospitals report 'a total whitewash'

Gareth Williams, who has led the campaign for an inquiry into standards of care after his mother Lilian died at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, has told ITV News that today's report is "a total whitewash".

82-year-old Lilian Williams died at the hospital in Bridgend in 2012, after what her family describe as repeated neglect.

Lilian Williams' family say she was left dehydrated, and she developed sores after her artificial leg was left on at night.

Her son Gareth has repeatedly called for a full public inquiry, similar to that carried out into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in England after hundreds of patients were believed to have died due to poor care.

After the report published today, which was commissioned by the Welsh Government, Health Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed: "It states that a full public inquiry is not warranted and would serve no useful purpose."

Gareth Williams said: "This report is a total whitewash. The remit has been far too narrow. This is only the tip of the iceberg. The Chief Executive of the health board, Paul Roberts, should do the decent thing and resign today."


Minister: Care 'unacceptable but no Mid Staffs'

Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford.
Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford said he was "shocked" by the findings.

Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford has apologised for the "unacceptable" levels of care uncovered in two Welsh hospitals, but says the incidents reported were not comparable to those seen in the Mid Staffs crisis.

"I want to offer my unreserved apology to those individuals and families whose care has fallen so far short of what they would expect while being looked after in these two hospitals," he said.

Mr Drakeford said he was "shocked" by the report's findings, but added: "I am reassured that the report makes it absolutely and repeatedly clear that what has happened in these hospitals is not, and never has been, the same as that at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust in England."

Hundreds of patients were estimated to have died at Stafford Hospital as a result of poor care over many years.

Read: 'Unacceptable' elderly care uncovered at Welsh hospitals

Welsh hospitals accused of 'shocking' elderly care

The Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.
The Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

A report published today has uncovered "shocking" standards of care in two Welsh hospitals, with claims that some patients were told to "go to the toilet" in their beds.

Other examples of "unacceptable" care detailed in the independent review of Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot included claims medicines had simply been left near frail patients, with claims abandoned pills were found by family members.

The allegations raise concerns that patients may be harmed by missing their doses, or other patients harmed by accidentally taking medicines not meant for them.

The report, conducted at the request of Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford, stated: "Although some of these allegations remain unsubstantiated, the accounts given by relatives and staff sufficiently credible to support our conclusions."


Health board 'taking action' to improve care standards

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, which runs the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot Hospital, says it wants to "apologise unreservedly" to patients and families "who have been let down by poor care."

It says it took "immediate action" when issues were identified at the Princess of Wales last year, and there is already progress being made.

It will now make more changes "as a matter of urgency", including reviews of procedures, and additional staff training.

This was a painful report to read. We know we have let down some of our patients and their families, and we apologise unreservedly for the distress this has undoubtedly caused.I believe the report is, however, a springboard to help us progress even faster in improving care. It has set us some tough challenges in a tight timescale. We will do our utmost to meet them.

I appreciate that Professor Andrews has also acknowledged examples of exemplary care taking place in both hospitals. I hope this and the determination of the Board goes some way to reassuring patients of our commitment and intention to provide consistently excellent care.

– Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Click here to read the full statement from the health board

Murder probe after man dies in Wales house fire

A murder probe has been launched after a man injured in a house fire died in hospital.

The alarm was raised on Friday night after emergency crews were called to a flat in New Road, Ynysybwl, South Wales.

A 46-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were both taken to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

The man's condition was described as critical and he later died, South Wales Police said.

The force added the 28-year-old woman, who is from the Swansea area, was continuing to be questioned by officers at Cardiff Bay Police Station on suspicion of arson and murder.



Cwmcarn murder plot pupils 'permanently excluded'

Two schoolgirls arrested on suspicion of conspiring to murder a teacher at Cwmcarn High School, have been permanently excluded.

The girls, aged 14 and 15, were arrested last week after concerns were raised about their behaviour.

Both girls were permanently excluded after the incident - they certainly won't be returning to this school.

– Caerphilly Council spokesman

Alison Cray, the maths teacher at the centre of the alleged plot, praised the school for the swift action taken over the incident.

The teens have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Teenage girls arrested over 'teacher murder plot' bailed

Two teenage girls arrested on suspicion of plotting to murder a teacher at a Welsh school have been released on bail.

Officers were called to Cwmcarn High School on Thursday after concerns were raised about the behaviour of the two pupils.

Gwent Police confirmed the 15-year-old from Newbridge and 14-year-old from Risca had been released on bail pending further inquiries.

A statement from the force confirmed: "Nobody was harmed as a result of the incident, and the matter was resolved peacefully."

Two teen girls held over teacher 'murder plot' at school

Two teenage girls have been arrested on suspicion of planning to murder a teacher.

Gwent Police said the girls, 14 and 15, were arrested at Cwmcarn High School in south Wales on Thursday because of concerns about their behaviour.

Detectives said they were notified about the alleged plot by a teacher at the school.

A force spokesman stressed "no physical confrontation" had taken place.

The 15-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill, possession of a "bladed article" on school premises and conspiracy to commit murder.

It is believed a kitchen knife had been found in the girl's school bag.

Her 14-year-old friend was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

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