Welsh NHS Standards Review Urged by RCS

PARN Global News Article - 6 November 2013

Welsh NHS Standards Review Urged by RCS

A review of all Welsh hospitals to address "public anxiety" about standards of NHS care has been urged by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS).

The Royal College of Surgeons, a respected professional body, has said it is worried about poor performance and is calling for "urgent assurance" on safety. It said the hospital inspection system should be beefed up with more input from professional medical bodies. But the Welsh government said a review was not needed. The RCS - which represents surgeons across the UK and promotes surgical standards - stopped short of calling for a whole-scale review of the Welsh NHS.

But in a briefing prepared for assembly members the college argued more should be done by politicians, NHS managers and clinicians to improve public confidence.

It is worried about the high number of patients who die waiting for heart operations in south Wales and about the big rise in general in people waiting too long for hospital treatment.

Conservative Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar welcomed the RCS call. The Conservatives have previously demanded an inquiry into Welsh NHS care standards, similar to an investigation by Sir Bruce Keogh into health trusts with the highest death rates in England. The Welsh government has ruled that out.

"It's not right that the people of Wales have hospitals 
with higher death rates than elsewhere in the UK.
We need to understand the reasons for that and
I am pleased the RCS has made this call.”

Darren Millar
Conservative Shadow Minister for Health

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