OVER HEALTH KILLER’S CASE
He was suspended again later that year when a second victim came forward. He was finally sacked last year after being found guilty of misconduct.
The CPS said it could not confirm a file had been received because documents are destroyed if cases are not pursued.
Last year Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board confirmed Wade was fired following allegations he had assaulted three patients.
Wade worked at Rowan House in Ely, Cardiff, which is run by ABMU.
The organisation said it was “shocked” and “sickened” to hear the details of Mrs James’ killing.
“We have offered our profound apologies to the patients involved, and the distress his actions undoubtedly caused,” a spokeswoman said.
Wade was employed at the assessment and treatment unit for people with learning disabilities from 2005, when a criminal record check showed nothing of concern. In January 2012, he was given special leave while a sexual assault allegation was investigated by the health board and South Wales Police.
However, both found there was insufficient evidence to proceed.
Wade returned to work at another location. The other complaints of sexual assault were made in October 2012 and 2013 and he was suspended again. Again the police decided to take no further action.
The case of the former hospital worker sparked an internal review by ABMU to look at Wade’s employment history. This included the relationship between Wade and his father – then the health board’s mental health and learning disabilities clinical service director – regarding possible conflicts of interest.
It also examined how the allegations were handled. It showed the records of 59 patients came under review. A catalogue of issues emerged, including that Wade obtained employment with the board with an application that only “contained three lines of supporting information”.
It also said there was no evidence of a Criminal Records Bureau check.
The review found that when the second allegation was made there was a delay in removing Wade from the work place. He was allowed to work a further four shifts. After an initial assessment on February 20, 2013, the health board decided “whilst there was some evidence to support the allegation, there was more evidence against”.
While he remained on special leave, a third allegation of historic abuse was made by a female former patient.
“The fact a third and separate allegation had been made by the time the initial assessment into the second had been concluded, should have triggered a further full investigation,” the report said.
It concluded the health board’s internal reporting procedures had not been followed robustly enough. It found the clinical service director took no part in any of the investigations into allegations about his son.
It found no written evidence the health board’s investigations were overtly influenced by the clinical service director but it wasn’t possible to say whether the fact the relationship existed had a bearing on decisionmaking.
This week critics labelled the report “wholly insufficient”.
BMA Cymru cited the Francis Report, which uncovered major failings in patient care at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
“Despite the findings of the report and subsequent action plan, BMA Cymru Wales is calling for an independent inquiry into ABMU Health Board’s handling of this case,” said the BMA’s Dr David Bailey. “Post-Francis, we believe it is unacceptable for a health board to investigate serious concerns about itself.”
Pressure has been mounting on Welsh Government Health Secretary Vaughan Gething to launch an independent inquiry.
So far he has ruled this out. Last week he walked out on an ITV interview, telling their reporter: “I don’t think there is a need for a public inquiry.”
Christine James’ body was found at her flat in Century Wharf, Cardiff Bay