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AM criticised for questioning hospital's hit and run response

by Adrian Masters

Bosses at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales say they're 'disappointed' by comments made by an AM about the response to the hit and run incidents in the city last week. Responding to concerns raised by Conservative AM Darren Millar that the hospital may have been struggling to cope, they said:

The unit fully reopened at 7pm only two hours after these tragic events. At the time of the incident the numbers and condition of the patients we were expecting was unknown due to the complexity and nature of the incident the emergency services were dealing with. This does not mean that the UHB was unable to cope with the volume of patients we received but was an appropriate action in line with the Major Incident procedure and our need to respond to needs of the severely injured.

– Paul Hollard, the Deputy Chief Executive, and Dr Graham Shortland, Medical Director, for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

A Welsh Government source has added to the criticism, saying that:

At a time when people - including children - are still being treated at UHW, these remarks show a total lack of respect and human warmth. People will be appalled by his comments, coming so soon after the horrendous events of last Friday. Hospital staff performed with great professionalism and skill under very difficult circumstances. Everyone is grateful for the dedication they showed. This begs the question - where on earth is Darren Millar's judgement?

I've spoken to Darren Millar tonight who said he was simply asking a 'reasonable question' about concerns which had been raised with him and that he was perfectly satisfied by the explanation. He told me:

My sympathies extend to the families involved and I appreciate the hard work done by doctors and A&E staff. I was simply raising concerns which had been raised with me about the capacity of emergency services in our capital city to deal with a major incident. It's a shame there wasn't this clarity before but I'm now satisfied that the health board was responding in a planned way to what was a major incident.

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Man in court over Cardiff collisions

Matthew Tvrdon appeared via video link at Newport Crown Court earlier this morning, following a series of hit and run incidents in Cardiff on Friday. He spoke to confirm that he understood what was being discussed.

The 31-year-old wore a dark jumper and bowed his head as the court sat to decide when he'll appear next.

Matthew Tvrdon is charged with murder, 13 counts of attempted murder, four counts of actual bodily harm and one of dangerous driving. He will reappear in court on 28th January.

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Matthew Tvrdon to appear in court in Newport tomorrow

Matthew Tvrdon
An artists impression shows Matthew Tvrdon at Cardiff Magistrates Court this morning Credit: Priscilla Coleman

Matthew Tvrdon appeared in Cardiff Magistrates Court this morning, following a series of hit and run incidents on Friday night.

He is charged with murder, 13 counts of attempted murder, four counts of actual bodily harm and one of dangerous driving.

He will appear at Newport Crown Court at 10am tomorrow via video-link.

Man remanded over Cardiff hit and run death

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Matthew Tvrdon appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court this morning Credit: ITV News

A man has appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court following a series of hit and run incidents in Cardiff on Friday.

Matthew Tvrdon is charged with the murder of Karina Menzies, and 13 counts of attempted murder.

The 31-year-old has been remanded in custody and will appear at Newport Crown Court tomorrow.

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