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Review of ABMU hospitals show that patients and their families were failed by Welsh NHS

The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed the Professor June Andrews review of Princess of Wales and Neath Port Talbot Hospitals and has claimed that it justifies the campaign run by relatives for a full public inquiry into ABMU Health Board.

The report says that a full public inquiry is not needed but Mr. Black said that the management failures it highlights and the lack of transparency as to how the health board is responding to them will leave many families without effective closure on the treatment of their loved ones.

"I am clear that overall the standard of care in ABMU hospitals is high but the report shows how overworked, ill-equipped and poorly supervised staff have let down a minority of patients," said Mr. Black. "In particular the identified areas of concern that there was a disconnection between front-line staff and managers and confusionover leadership responsibilities and accountabilities and unnecessary delays to treatment and care are very worrying.

"This report will leave a large number of relatives, whose complaints date to before the three year review period, still dissatisfied and without closure. I am also worried that the Health Board, even today, is not being transparent in how it is addressing concerns. For example I found out through the media that an additional seven nurses were suspended last year, whilst the e-mail to Assembly Members containing the health board's response, password-protected the attached copy of the Andrews' report.

"I will be seeking assurances from the Minister that there will be robust monitoring and an open review of the recommendations in this report and how they will be implemented. I also want to see a further process that will look at historic complaints not covered by this report."

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