Vascular patients have been deceived by Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board says local AM.
Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Arfon Siân Gwenllian has called for a comprehensive and independent inquiry into vascular services in north Wales, following a damning report which says patients have no confidence in the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board.
A report by the north Wales Community Health Council (CHC) has identified a series of damning criticisms of the Health Board, from patients too scared to use the vascular service, to some patients saying they received no care following their surgery.
The report includes criticisms levelled at the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board from patients, their families and health board staff.
Siân Gwenllian AM has now called for an urgent and completely independent inquiry into the Health Board’s failure regarding vascular services.
Siân Gwenllian AM said,
‘This is a truly damning report. It brings to the surface alarming evidence from patients, their families and Health Board staff about serious failings in vascular care in north Wales.’
‘From patients who were deceived about the future retention of vascular services at Ysbyty Gwynedd, to families and patients from south Meirionnydd forced to stay in hotels simply to access necessary treatment.’
‘This report reaffirms what we already know; people have been deceived from the outset. We were told that the limb salvage and emergency vascular service would remain at Ysbyty Gwynedd. This is not the case, and the present service is very different to what was promised.’
‘I have consistently argued against the downgrading of vascular care at Ysbyty Gwynedd, knowing that patient safety would be compromised. This report amplifies my concerns and over the past few months, further serious failings have surfaced, each one putting patient safety at risk.’
‘We need a completely independent and transparent inquiry into vascular care at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and it will be incumbent upon the Board to then publish in full all the evidence pertaining to these serious and life-endangering failings.’