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NHS report labelled ‘horrific and appalling’


Commenting on the publication of ‘The Professor Andrews Report on Care in Princess of Wales and Neath Port Talbot Hospitals’, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, said:

“The startling severity of this review’s findings is almost unimaginable.

“It is clear that patients have suffered appalling and unforgivable lapses in care that apologies will do little to put right.

“Not simply shocking – this evidence is horrific in the extreme.

“Communities across Wales will rightly question what has led to these failings and all who have suffered require personal and unreserved apologies.

“Guarantees that this chaos is not happening elsewhere are urgently required and we will work with Labour ministers to ensure all recommendations are adopted swiftly and appropriately.

“Welsh Conservatives have long called for a Keogh-style inquiry into standards of care within the Welsh NHS – in the interests of communities the length and breadth of Wales.

“Following this review – those calls will continue.”

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:

“This report is one of the worst we have seen in the last 15 years of a Labour-run Welsh NHS.

“It is inexcusable and indefensible.

“If a patient describes her experience as ‘hell’ – it is clear that all processes and systems have dramatically collapsed.

“I am both distressed and dismayed to read the evidence published today and my heart goes out to those patients and their families who have suffered unnecessarily.

“All the report’s recommendations must be implemented immediately and the Labour minister’s apology made personally to the victims of these failings.

“Labour’s legacy of record-breaking NHS budget cuts has heaped immense pressure on frontline services. I fear this has contributed much of what has gone wrong at ABMU.

“A Wales-wide Keogh-style public inquiry is the only way to wholly guarantee that this situation is not being repeated elsewhere in Wales.”

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