'Pattern of failures' in man's care

A report into the death of a dementia sufferer four months after he was admitted to a hospital has found a 'pattern of failures.' Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board says there have been 'major changes' at Cefn Coed Hospital since.

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Ombudsman: 'Cultural change needed' for end-of-life care

'We've seen a number of cases where people at the end of their life have not been cared for properly," says Public Services Ombudsman Peter Tyndall.

"I think there are instances where cultural change will be called for. In many cases there is excellent care being provided, but there are still isolated cases of this kind that need to be tackled."

The distress of the family in losing a loved one is a matter of great concern. I think for them this is something that will always remain with them and it does again stress the importance you have to look after people at the end of their lives well.

"I am confident that the changes can be made and will be made, but I think it requires sustained management attention to make sure that we don't slip away from the standards that need to be sustained."

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