Labour's Shadow Health Secretary says the UK Government she 'spend more time' sorting out problems in the NHS in England and less 'pointing the finger at Wales.' Andy Burnham was responding to criticism of the Welsh NHS during a debate on a review into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust.
Following tonight's Assembly debate, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, welcomed the Welsh Government's response to the Francis Report on what she called the "appalling and systemic failings in Mid Staffordshire Hospital".
The Commissioner added that the proof of whether or not lessons have been learned in Wales following the Francis Inquiry will be in the way that services are delivered in future. She said the ultimate test will be what she hears from patients, their families and their carers.
The Welsh Government says it will spend an extra £10 million recruiting more nurses as part of its response to the Francis report on patient neglect. The announcement was made in the Senedd this evening.
AMs were debating the action ministers need to take to make sure that there is no repetition in Wales of the events that led to the deaths of patients in mid-Staffordshire. The funding will be shared between the seven Welsh health boards.
- Abertawe Bro Morgannwg £1.8 million
- Aneurin Bevan £1.9 million
- Betsi Cadwaladr £2.2 million
- Cardiff and Vale £1.4 million
- Cwm Taf £1.1 million
- Hywel Dda £1.3 million
- Powys £0.4 million
- TOTAL £10 million
The minister committed himself to providing the £10 million in future years as well. It is expected to pay for about 290 extra nurses. It will be additional money for the health boards but will have to be found from within the overall health budget, which will be re-examined.
The Welsh Liberal Democrat leader is warning that there's a danger of failings happening in hospitals here in Wales similar to those at Stafford Hospital unless there are immediate changes in the Welsh NHS.
Kirsty Williams was speaking as the Health Minister urges AMs to back the Welsh Government's response to the Francis report which investigated failings at Stafford Hospital. Ms Williams says there are worrying signs that some of the problems which led to those failings could be happening here.
Health minister Mark Drakeford will ask AMs later today to back the Welsh Government's response to the Francis report.
‘Delivering Safe Care, Compassionate Care’ follows the report by the Francis Inquiry, which made a number of recommendations for the NHS in England, after failures in standards of care at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
The Welsh NHS is committed to redrawing its ‘contract’ with its patients, according to the Welsh Government's response to the Francis report on patient neglect in mid-Staffordshire. It stresses that there are already procedures in place and that the system is different to the English NHS.
In Wales, all services in an area are the responsibility of a single health board and there are community health councils to represent patients' interests. Under the redrawn 'contract' everyone who uses the NHS in Wales can expect:
- to be cared for safely and compassionately, with dignity and respect
- to have timely access to services
- to be fully involved and informed in decisions about their care
- to have easy access to their personal health information, which is kept securely and confidentially at all times
- to be told openly and honestly when things may have gone wrong and they have been harmed by their care
- to have their say about their care and health services and about any concerns they may have
The Welsh Government response says this can be achieved by leaders at every level in the NHS putting patients and patient safety at the heart of all that they do.