We would like to take this opportunity to once again express our sincere condolences the family and friends of Mr Harris.
The Health Board fully accepts the recommendations of the Ombudsman and would like to take this opportunity to apologise to his partner publicly for our failings.
The safety and quality of care of all our patients is very important and the consent process is a crucial part of this. Although these tragic events involve one individual patient and one clinical team we recognise that it is something we can all learn from.
– Spokesperson for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
Neo-natal care support group opposes plans to base unit in England
John Hewitt is part of Cuddles (Care Understanding Devotion to Duty for the Lives of the Extremely Small) , a volunteer-run support group for parents and babies associated with the Special Care Unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd .
The group is concerned at proposals to close the unit and treat babies more than 16 weeks premature at a single intensive care neonatal service at Arrowe Park, on the Wirral. It fears relatives would have too far to travel.
"I think it would have a devastating effect on the parents of the babies... obviously at their most vulnerable time." he says.
" When a baby is born into the Special Care Baby Unit, there's already a tremendous pressure on the parent. The vulnerability of the child should be taken into account".
A report commissioned by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board was published last month, and found the number of babies requiring this level of care amounted to 36 in 7,300 births in the region each year.
More babies needing special care in Wales may have to be treated in England if proposals to improve neonatal care go ahead. Health Minister Lesley Griffiths says there are currently too many small units in Wales that don't have the proper services.