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Private heart ops deal for NHS patients agreed by minister

The Welsh NHS is paying for some cardiac patients to be treated at a private clinic in Bristol to reduce the waiting list, it has emerged.

It comes as surgeons in Wales say they are still waiting for answers over what is being done about heart patients dying while waiting for operations.

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) wrote to Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW) in July last year.

The Welsh government said the quality of cardiac surgery in south Wales was excellent but said it needs to increase capacity to meet current and future demand.

Steffan Messenger reports.

  • 26 Feb 2014
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