The review of patients' complaints which Ann Clwyd will carry out will be restricted to the health service in England, the UK Department of Health has confirmed. That's despite the Cynon Valley MP's personal complaint about the treatment of her dying husband relating to a hospital in Cardiff.
Her appointment by the Prime Minister comes as part of his initial response to severe criticism of failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation NHS Trust. But she won't look at complaints from patients in Wales because control over the health service here in Wales is devolved to the Welsh Government.
The Welsh Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, won't give a detailed response yet but has issued this statement:
Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd says her appointment by the Prime Minister to advise on the way patients' complaints are handled by the NHS in England is a welcome opportunity to make sure the concerns of patients, families and whistleblowers are acted on.
David Cameron asked her to take on the role as part of his response to of a damning review into failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and because [she'd spoken of her concerns over her dying husband's treatment in hospital. Today she said: