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Woman who died in ambulance named as Sonia Powell

Sonia Powell (L) and her sister Credit: Family photo

A woman who died in an ambulance whilst waiting in a queue outside Morriston hospital has been named by her family as Sonia Powell, who lived in the Neath Valley.

In a joint statement yesterday Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service said a review is being launched into what happened.

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Ambulance death: Darren Millar calls for inquiry

Shadow Health Minister, Darren Millar, has called for a "Keogh-style" inquiry into the Welsh NHS.

It comes after a woman died in an ambulance whilst waiting in a queue outside Morriston hospital yesterday.

Darren Millar AM says 'all is not well in the Welsh health service' Credit: ITV News Wales

He said: "The evidence is stacking up, demonstrating that all is not well in the Welsh health service and an independent inquiry could help identify problems and put them right, before it's too late.

Experienced medical experts are saying that without an inquiry, some NHS services are facing imminent meltdown - a disturbing warning that Labour ministers must heed.

Do-gooders who defensively act as cheerleaders for their local health board and reject any sort of review are putting Welsh patients at risk.

We love the NHS and want to help staff deliver the best possible service for patients, but that is only possible if we have the courage to hold a thorough inquiry to identify any problems and put them right.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minsiter

Woman dies in ambulance queue outside Swansea hospital

The patient was waiting in an ambulance outside the hospital Credit: PA

A woman has died in an ambulance whilst waiting in a queue outside Morriston hospital.

The patient, who hasn't been named, died this afternoon at approximately 3.40pm after being transferred from another hospital.

In a joint statement Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service said a review is being launched into what happened.

The Emergency Department at Morriston Hospital has been very busy with a high number of ambulances arriving in a short space of time. Escalation plans have been activated and staff across the hospital are working closely with colleagues from WAST to keep delays to a minimum.

At approximately 3.05pm this afternoon, Thursday 17 September, a patient arrived via ambulance at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital from another hospital.

The patient was assessed immediately upon arrival and remained in the care of a doctor and the ambulance crew whilst waiting to be admitted into hospital.

Sadly, at approximately 3.40pm the patient passed away. We wish to express our sincere condolences to the patient’s family.

We will be urgently reviewing the circumstances to ensure we have a proper and full understanding of what happened. It is too early at this stage to comment any further.?

– ABMU Healthboard & Welsh Ambulance Service

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