Commenting on the report that some 11,000 positive Covid tests were missed from official Public Health Wales (PHW) figures because of planned maintenance, the Shadow Health Minister – Andrew RT Davies – said:
“This is another staggering data cock-up during the Health Minister’s management of the Covid crisis, to add to the 13,000 shielding letters sent in error and the data breach in September that saw 18,000-odd positive test results put on a public PHW server.
“PHW calls this latest mess ‘significant under-reporting’; I call that a significant under-statement that belies the true scale of the problem.”
Mr Davies added that medical professionals had contacted him to voice their concerns – which they had raised with their managers – as to whether the planned maintenance should have been conducted when it was. These concerns were reportedly dismissed by their managers.
Mr Davies continued:
“Welsh Labour and their failing health minister have clearly lost control of the virus in Wales.
This loss of control can only be compounded by today’s news of yet another data mix up.
“And, bearing in mind the concerns highlighted by health professionals, an investigation into this fiasco should be launched.