Commenting on the Health Minister’s response to the Francis Inquiry, and his publication of a strategy aimed at avoiding a Welsh NHS scandal on the scale of Mid Staffordshire, Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, said:
“Wales is not immune to similar failings in care - and the governance crisis in North Wales appears to have some very worrying similarities.
“Despite this, Welsh Labour Ministers have yet to get a firm grip on the situation at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and restore patient confidence in the region.
“It is extremely important that hard-working NHS staff across Wales feel free to raise patient safety concerns and that whistleblowers can be confident that they will not be penalised for raising concerns.
“The publication of mortality data is also an important step forward in improving transparency, but this data must be used to identify and address problems.
“Welsh Labour’s record breaking NHS budget cuts of over 800 million pounds continue to heap untold pressure on everyone involved in our health service. Cuts of this magnitude will inevitably increase the temptation for NHS chiefs to cut corners and potentially put patients at unnecessary risk.”