David Cameron has said that the Andrews Report into care failings at two Welsh hospitals is concerning and needs to be studied. During his weekly question session in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister said 'the NHS in Wales is not in a good state.'
It's the latest in a series of regular attacks on Labour's running of the health service in Wales made by the Conservative leader. He told MPs that Labour should be 'getting a grip... and sorting out the NHS.'
Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron commented on yesterday's report into care at the Princess of Wales and Neath Port Talbot hospitals.
Prime Minister says yesterday's report on ABMU is 'very concerning’ & needs to be studied because the NHS in Wales is not in a good state'
The boss of an under fire health board says he cannot rule out further staff suspensions. It follows the publication of a damning report yesterday which said problems at two hospitals, in Neath Port Talbot Hospital and The Princess of Wales Hospital, needed to be addressed as a "matter of urgency."
Paul Roberts, the Chief Executive of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, says the report's recommendations will be implemented in full.
The Health Minister says there will be new spot checks in hospitals, but no full inquiry - and that the situation is not another Mid Staffs.Read the full story ›
The publication of today's report highlights serious concerns specifically about the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot Hospital - but it does also raise broader issues about the NHS in Wales as a whole and makes recommendations for the Welsh Government.
The Older People's Commissioner for Wales told ITV News: "we need to know the answer to a fundamental question - could this be happening elsewhere?"
The Welsh Conservatives reiterated their calls for a full inquiry into the NHS in Wales - similar to that carried out into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in England.
The co-author of today's report into 'unacceptable' standards of care at two South Wales hospitals has told ITV News that it will be a "catastrophe" if all of the report's recommendations are not put in place by this time next year.
There are 14 recommendations to the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, and four to the Welsh Government - both organisations have accepted all of them.
There will be an independent review in 12 months' time to see how this action plan has been carried out - and Mark Butler said "this is such a clear plan of action that there is no excuse for this not making the significant improvement that is required in these hospitals."
Speaking to our presenter Jonathan Hill, he insisted the situation here is not the same as at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, where hundreds of patients are believed to have died because of poor standards of care over many years.
He said: "Mid Staffs was a catastrophic organisational failure. This is set of local problems that need to be supported out."
Health Minister Mark Drakeford announced this afternoon that spot checks will be held at all district general hospitals in Wales, looking at the standards of care for older people.
He said "the spot checks will focus on the delivery of medication, hydration, night time sedation and continence care. A new task group will lead the operation of the spot checks and report back to the Health Minister."
Speaking to the Senedd this afternoon, he offered an "unreserved apology" to patients and their families "whose care has fallen short of the standard which they had a right to expect."
Professor June Andrews, who led the review into standards of care for older people at the Princess of Wales Hospital and Neath Port Talbot Hospital, commissioned by the Welsh Government, admitted her remit was "quite narrow".
But, she warned: "I often have concerns about the care of older people in hospital everywhere - and I would be wondering whether there would be similar situations happening in other places."
Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar has told AMs that the report on Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot hospitals was horrific and appalling, with echoes of previous reports, such as the Older Persons' Commissioner's Dignity in Care report.
He said people needed to know such failings will never again be tolerated. Mr Millar suggested that financial pressures were partly responsible for what had happened. He said the minister should meet patients and their families and personally apologise to them. Not that an apology would be enough.
Saying sorry isn't going to heal the wounds that this report has exposed.
Mr Millar said he would not ask for heads to roll on this occasion, though he would like to know why the Chief Executive of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board was chosen to help the Betsi Cadwaladr board with its governance.
First Minister Carwyn Jones takes questions on the Andrews Report.Read the full story ›