Welsh hospitals under fire as 99 die awaiting heart surgery

Tom Whipple for The Times 28th February reports: Welsh hospitals under fire as 99 die awaiting heart surgery

This report and the previous day’s report indicating the Minister knew about the problem of neglect 12 months ago, shows how limited the options are in Wales. With a mutual of only 3 million people you cannot expect the same level of service as one of 60 million. Wales voted for this smaller mutual after all….

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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