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Health board quizzed by Public Accounts Committee

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is to be quizzed by the Public Accounts Committee after a report into into the health board's governance arrangements.

The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and Wales Audit Office published the report on the corporate, clinical and financial challenges facing the health board. It follows a report published last year that identified failings in governance and management arrangements.

The Public Accounts Committee is concerned that Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board still faces significant challenges with regards to the future shape of its clinical services and its precarious financial position.

While today's joint report shows that there has been some progress in addressing the failings highlighted last year, we maintain the belief that the senior management team still has a huge task ahead in restoring public confidence.

We will be asking representatives of Betsi Cadwaladr about these challenges and the progress in implementing our recommendations when they appear before the Committee.

– Darren Millar AM, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee


Police 'assisting' health board in investigation

In accordance with the practices with our partners we have attended a meeting where concerns have been raised in relation to the quality and safety of patient care on Tawel Fan mental health ward in the Ablett Unit, at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

As such, at this stage we will be assisting Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Trust in the investigation which is currently in its infancy.”

– North Wales Police

Ward closure 'clear evidence for Keogh-style inquiry'

Commenting on the north Wales health board's decision to close a mental health ward within the Ablett Unit in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said:

“This is more clear evidence of the need for an independent Keogh-style inquiry into standards of patient care within the Welsh NHS.

“This closure will be of deep concern to patients and their families and it’s hugely important that the health board quickly gets a grip on alternative arrangements for care.

“It is crucial that this does not infringe on the availability of beds for other patients over the Christmas period.

“Incidents like this clearly demonstrate the need for sufficient flexibility and availability of inpatient beds within mental health care right across Wales.”

Patients transferred from mental health ward

Eight patients have been affected by the closure of a mental health ward at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd after concerns were raised about the quality of patient care.

Six patients have been moved to other mental health units in north Wales while two others have been transferred to another ward in the Ablett Unit at Glan Clwyd.

We are aware of the decision and actions taken by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to close Tawel Fan. The quality and safety of care provided to patients is paramount and we are reassured that health board has acted quickly to ensure the concerns that have been raised are thoroughly investigated."

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Health board taking matter 'extremely seriously'

I would like to reassure patients and their families that we are taking this matter extremely seriously and that our priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our vulnerable patients.

Immediate action has been taken in order to safeguard the patients and staff on Tawel Fan ward.

A small number of staff have been removed from patient care duties while we investigate.

Tawel Fan ward will reopen as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.”

– Angela Hopkins, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board


Investigation shuts down mental health ward

The Tawel Fan ward is at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board has closed a mental health unit after concerns were raised about the quality and safety of patient care.

Tawel Fan mental health ward in the Ablett Unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd will close with immediate effect on a temporary basis while an investigation is undertaken.

The health board says it's working with local authorities and the police.

The Welsh Government and Health Inspectorate Wales have also been informed.

A small number of staff have been removed from clinical duties while the investigation takes place.

The health board says the remaining staff will be redeployed to support patients in other clinical areas.

The health board says alternative arrangements have been made for the small number of patients affected to be cared for elsewhere.

Norovirus outbreak at Wrexham Maelor Hospital

Wrexham Maelor Hospital has suspended admission to three wards following an outbreak of norovirus.

It comes after 11 patients showed symptoms in the last 48 hours.

Health bosses say parents should not bring young children onto the wards at Wrexham Maelor.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says it has put in place extra measures to tackle the outbreak.

Patients die of C difficile infection in North Wales

Seven patients who suffered from the C difficile infection in North Wales have died, during September and October.

There were 47 cases reported in October:

  • 4 at Wrexham
  • 12 at Glan Clwyd
  • 11 at Ysbyty Gwynedd
  • 20 at non-acute sites

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board say they're working with Public Health Wales to understand all of the issues surrounding infection control and any issues that need addressing.

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Man died as hospital didn't tell him he had liver disease

The Public Services Ombudsman has ordered one of Wales leading hospitals to pay £5,000 compensation to the family of a 30-year-old Rhyl man who died, needlessly, from liver disease.

Carl Nolan was born with cirrosis of the liver and diagnosed with the condition a decade before he died - but no-one told him of the findings until it was too late.

Today Wales' medical ombudsman ruled that Carl's death was wholly avoidable.

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