Oliver Moodly for The Times reports 27th February 2013: Welsh leader was told of neglect at hospital a year before inquiry
Mr Cameron: “There are people on NHS waiting lists in Wales who are dying because waiting lists are too long and because the NHS is not being properly managed, properly funded and properly reformed in Wales,” he said. “That is a matter for the Labour Welsh Assembly Government, and they need to get their act together.”
“Fresh allegations of neglect by nurses have emerged at a Welsh hospital trust compared to Mid-Staffordshire as it was disclosed that the principality’s First Leader had known about the scandal at least a year before it became public.
David Cameron said that the Labour administration in Wales “need to get their act together” in the wake of a series of revelations about failures in its healthcare system. At the heart of the concerns is the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, South Wales, where police and the NHS have investigated dozens of complaints about poor care.
It can be revealed that nurses have been accused of pouring a 104-year-old woman’s medicine down the sink and failing to feed her. It has also emerged that Carwyn Jones, the Welsh First Minister and the Assembly Member for the local constituency of Bridgend, was first asked to look into alleged malpractices at the hospital in June 2012.
Separately, the Welsh health watchdog, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, has been challenged by the Royal College of Surgeons over delays in responding to concerns about unexpectedly high mortality figures among patients waiting for heart surgery.
Kirsty Williams, leader of the Liberal Democrats in Wales, questioned whether the body was fit for purpose. Next week the Assembly will debate her plans for a Bill that would introduce minimum staffing levels for nurses in Welsh hospitals, which have an average of 10.5 patients for each nurse, compared to 8.8 across the UK. “I would suggest that we need to revamp our inspectorate,” she said.
Asked about the mortality figures during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, Mr Cameron backed a call from Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of NHS England, for Wales to conduct an inquiry into the death rates in its hospitals……”
I would of course go further than Mr Cameron. The people running Wales do not like open aspiration to high standards, as it involves creating short-term inequalities. Even though “on a rising tide (of quality) all boats float”, the administration continues on its path. Until the people of Wales understand how their health service is being undermined, they cannot appreciate that Aneurin Bevan is probably gagging on his lava bread, and heaving in his nightmares while he watches from above. The irony is that people in Wales who can afford it need Private Medical Insurance (PMI) more than those in England, thus increasing inequalities. It follows that Insurance companies may be justified in making their PMI premiums higher for people living in Wales.. as they will be more likely to claim.
Rationing in the mistaken name of equality?