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The Welsh Conservatives have reiterated their call for a major inquiry into the state of the NHS in Wales, similar to a high-profile one carried out in England.
Fourteen NHS trusts in England were investigated in an inquiry carried out by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, England's NHS medical director, and a report published earlier this month.
It was set up following the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital scandal, where hundreds of patients died due to poor care.
The report from the Royal College of Surgeons says that South Wales is the only part of the UK where patients are dying on cardiac surgery waiting lists.
The RCS spoke to a number of clinical leads, who expressed the following concerns, quoted from the report:
- We heard that patients are regularly dying on the waiting list from their cardiac pathology
- Some services are almost completely failed and some effectively suspended, such as paediatric tonsillectomy
- Children are now regularly being fitted with hearing aids because there is no ability to treat their otitis media with surgical grommet insertion
- Under normal circumstances the provision for urgent and emergency surgery is inadequate
- It was recorded that a patient recently died in the A&E corridor from a ruptured aortic aneurysm
- A direct question was asked to the UHW clinicians as to whether they believed that the services at UHW were dangerous - the universal consensus was that that this was the case
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says it has developed "a detailed action plan to make sure that we are addressing all areas" of concern, and the Royal College of Surgeons will visit again in September to see if there has been improvement.
The health board is looking at all options to increase cardiac surgery capacity, and looking at proposals to get patients treated more quickly.
Chief Executive Alun Cairns said the health board is working with surgeons "on a range of actions", and looking at what extra capacity could be provided, and improving how it manages emergency, care.
Wales' biggest hospital has been described as "dangerous", in a highly critical report from the Royal College of Surgeons.
It found that "patients are regularly dying on the waiting list from their cardiac pathology" and there was "universal consensus" among clinicians at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff that services there were "dangerous."
It warns "the current situation represents a severe risk to patients and urgent action is required."
"A wide range of concerns were raised" by clinical leads at the hospital during a routine visit by the RCS in April - the most prevalent was "the inability to admit patients for elective surgery." There were more than 2,000 operations either cancelled or not scheduled between January and March 2013.
"The main reason for this is the apparent unconstrained admission of emergency patients and the inability to effectively discharge patients", the report said.