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Campaigners at Senedd to call for inquiry.

Byline: David Deans Senedd Correspondent

CAMPAIGNERS have reiterated calls for a public inquiry into the whole NHS in the wake of the horrific report about a mental health ward.

A report into the Tawel Fan ward in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Denbighshire revealed vulnerable patients received "shocking, inexcusable and unacceptable" treatment from medical staff.

As Assembly Members prepared to discuss the report at the Senedd yesterday, members of a support group of patients who claim they experienced poor care under Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board met outside the Senedd.

A four-month review by dementia expert Professor June Andrews into Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot Hospital had found the care of older patients was compromised.

Gareth Williams, from Porthcawl, who represents the ABMU victim support group, said: "We have sympathy and empathy for those who have suffered in North Wales.

"We believe that North Wales and the Glan Clwyd case should not be seen in isolation.

"The Government wants to keep looking at each catastrophe that keeps occurring in the Welsh health service in isolation. They are looking at single pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.

"No-one is seeing the bigger picture of a catastrophe of care in the health service across Wales.

"We need it all brought together in a public inquiry, only then will lessons be learned."

Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies called for an inquiry across the whole of the NHS when he spoke in First Minister's Questions in the Senedd on Tuesday.

But the idea was given the cold shoulder by the First Minister himself, Carwyn Jones, who implied it would line the pockets of lawyers with cash.

Mr Jones told the Senedd chamber: "Leaving aside the fact there is no case for any kind of public inquiry - that would take about two years to report back. It's money in the pockets of lawyers. I would rather put that money into hospitals.

"A public inquiry, which is what he's been asking for, does take years."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 4, 2015
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