Measles Epidemic: Public inquiry now needed

Commenting on confirmation that the measles epidemic in Swansea is officially over, Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:

 

“This is extremely welcome news that will be a huge relief for communities in and around Swansea – and across Wales.

 

“Frontline staff deserve to be commended for their swift work as the outbreak grew, and today’s news is testament to the way they responded.

 

“Attention must now turn quickly to planning for the future and the urgent need for an independent public inquiry.

 

“Lessons must be learned and failings identified.

 

“I urge the Welsh Labour Government to analyse the need for an inquiry and make a statement to the National Assembly as soon as possible.”

 

 

South Wales West Assembly Member, Byron Davies, said:

 

“I welcome confirmation that the outbreak has come to an official end and applaud the work of NHS staff.

 

“Lessons must now be learned from a crisis that saw a lack of transparency from the Labour government and huge costs piled upon a health board already bowing under financial pressure.

 

“An independent public inquiry is now required – in the interests of communities throughout Wales.”