A delay in diagnosing the late North Wales AM Brynle Williams' cancer might have shortened his life - but an even earlier discovery wouldn't have necessarily led to a cure, according to evidence at an inquest into his death.
Mr Williams died in April last year of cancer of the colon. Today, the coroner said that the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board had failed to give him the 'gold standard' of care.
The board say they've learned lessons. But the dead politician's family say they may launch further legal action.
The Health Board wishes to extend its deepest condolences to Mr Williams’ family for their loss. As this case is subject to legal action we are unable to make any detailed comment.
However, the Coroner has identified some shortfalls in the standard of care given to Mr Williams and we offer our sincere apologies to the family for this.
An inquest into the death of former North Wales politician Brynle Williams is due to take place in Wrexham today. The Conservative Assembly Member died last year at the age of 62, after a long battle with cancer.