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Health watchdog's warning on Stafford-style NHS scandal risk

A health watchdog says it cannot give "strong assurances" that a situation like the Mid Staffordshire scandal is not happening in the NHS in Wales.

The Francis Inquiry highlighted "appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people" under the trust's care at Stafford Hospital which may have contributed to subsequent deaths.

The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) told a committee of AMs staffing issues in Wales meant it could not carry out "sufficient coverage" in terms of tests.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said he had previously had concerns about HIW's capacity to recruit and retain the staff it needed but a review was under way.

James Williams reports.

  • 07 Nov 2013
  • From the section Wales
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