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Concerns raised over mental health unit inspection

Welsh Conservatives have raised concerns over a watchdog inspection of a mental health unit in north Wales.


Healthcare Inspectorate Wales published its report on Wrexham Maelor’s Heddfan Unit today:


It highlights ‘good team working’ but also references ‘dirty utility rooms’, ‘inadequate’ health and safety recording, concerns over staff training and calls for ‘more effective’ monitoring of bed occupancy levels.


Last month the North Wales Community Health Council warned of ‘fundamental and serious problems’ should media reports of an alleged investigation into the Heddfan Unit be founded.


Today’s report follows the horrific conclusions of an investigation into Ysbyty Glan Clwyd’s Tawel Fan ward.


Yesterday relatives of some of those patients involved told media they had no confidence in a health board's assurances of progress in its investigations. Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, is today asking an urgent question on the issue in the Senedd.



He said:


“This report raises serious concerns over standards in this unit which must be addressed immediately and without delay.


“The findings will worry communities and staff – and further undermine public confidence in mental health services in North Wales.


“Following the horrific events at Tawel Fan, no alarm bells should be ignored and all shortcomings must be resolved swiftfly.


“Improvements in mental health services in north Wales – and across the country – must be at the top of the agenda for Labour ministers.”



Mr Millar added:


“The views of the Tawel Fan relatives must be prioritised and I am extremely concerned that they don’t believe progress is being made.


“The events on that ward must never be allowed to happen again – anywhere in Wales.


“In order to ensure that, lessons must be learned and further progress made as soon as possible.


“If the families of those involved don’t believe that’s happening, Labour’s First Minister must step in immediately.”