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Son of murdered Christine James speaks out over health board's actions around Kris Wade

Christine James's son, Jason, is critical of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board's internal review into Kris Wade. Credit: Family photo

The son of a woman murdered in a 'sexually motivated' attack says he believes her death could have been prevented.

Christine James's son Jason says he believes Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board 'missed opportunities' which could have led to one of its employees, Kris Wade, not going on to murder.

Speaking exclusively to ITV Wales, Jason James criticised the health board's own internal desktop review, which looked into how it handled three allegations that Kris Wade sexually assaulted patients.

Christine James was described as a kind, caring, generous and loving grandmother. Credit: Family photo

Mr James said: "It's an internal review. Something of this magnitude, I believe, should not be done in-house."

He added: "There's contradictions in it [the review], it's full of holes. The process that the health board have used doesn't seem to be robust. There's been no accountability, or there appears to have been no accountability for the mistakes that were made."

Mr James added that he believes the internal review poses more questions than it answers.

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Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said it joins everyone in offering its sincere condolences to the family of Christine James.

It added: "Our Serious Incident Investigation Team, which carried out our review, did not consider that any of the issues it identified could have either predicted or prevented Mr Wade’s conduct or behaviour outside of his employment."

On Friday it was announced that an NHS watchdog would be assessing the findings of a health board's internal review, but there has been criticism that this doesn't go far enough.

The British Medical Association in Wales have called for an independent inquiry into how the health board dealt with Kris Wade.

Jason James has also been critical of the time it took ABMU health board to carry out its investigations into Kris Wade, saying: "From the point of arresting him to his conviction, it took six months. It took the health authority from the day of suspension, to the day of sacking, 37 months for that process.

"How can somebody work a murder trial in six months, but a suspension leading to a sacking, how does that take 37 months? I can't get my head around that."

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