Health board in damning report

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board has received a damning report from the Public Services Ombudsman. The board has bee criticised over its care of a man who was operated on for a bowel complaint.

Health Board criticised for surgery 'at limit of doctor's ability'

by Rob Osborne

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board has been criticised for its care of a man with a bowel complaint who then died after surgery.

A report from the Public Services Ombudsman found that he was not properly informed about the risks of the surgery and the operation was a complex procedure at the limits of the surgeon's skill.

Allan King's partner Dorothy Dorothy Wilson told ITV News' Rob Osborne that she feels that Allan "wouldn't have entered into surgery if he had known what he was going into."

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Health Board 'accepts recommendations'

We would like to take this opportunity to once again express our sincere condolences the family and friends of Mr Harris.

The Health Board fully accepts the recommendations of the Ombudsman and would like to take this opportunity to apologise to his partner publicly for our failings.

The safety and quality of care of all our patients is very important and the consent process is a crucial part of this. Although these tragic events involve one individual patient and one clinical team we recognise that it is something we can all learn from.

– Spokesperson for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Health board fined following report

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board has been criticised for its care of a man with a bowel complaint who then died after surgery.

A report from the Public Services Ombudsman found that he was not properly informed about the risks of the surgery and the operation was a complex procedure at the limits of the surgeon's skill.

The ombudsman also found that the man's partner should have been informed about his deterioration sooner. The health board have been ordered to pay £5,000 in compensation.