Welsh leader was told of neglect at hospital a year before inquiry

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?

 

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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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