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Ex-Cardiff hospital boss Russell Hopkins says NHS a 'mess'

15 December 2013 Last updated at 18:26 GMT

A former general manager of Wales' largest hospital has condemned the state of the NHS, claiming politicians and managers have "messed it up".

Russell Hopkins, who used to manage the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, was left with bladder and nerve damage after an operation in the area in 2011.

He chose to speak out because he claims patients' lives are "endangered". He criticised political interference and joined seven other surgeons from across the UK in writing to the Daily Telegraph.

Cardiff and Vale health board offered "unreserved apologies once again" to Mr Hopkins for his distress.

The Welsh government said in a statement: "Every year, the NHS in Wales cares for thousands of patients safely and effectively, and the vast majority are entirely satisfied with their care."

Natasha Llewellyn reports.

NHS a 'mess' says ex-hospital boss

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