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Mid and West Wales AM He­len Mary Jones on fighting for jus­tice fol­low­ing fail­ures in ma­ter­nity ser­vices

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

I’VE vowed to keep fighting for jus­tice af­ter a vote of no con­fi­dence in the Labour Health Min­is­ter fell, with the Llanelli AM back­ing his gov­ern­ment col­league.

Plaid Cymru’s mo­tion fol­lowed the pub­li­ca­tion of an in­de­pen­dent re­port on ma­ter­nity ser­vices at the for­mer Cwm Taf Univer­sity Health Board last month which out­lined a dis­tress­ing pat­tern of crit­i­cal fail­ures in ma­ter­nity ser­vices across the ar­eas served by Cwm Taf.

The re­view was trig­gered by 25 se­ri­ous in­ci­dents, in­clud­ing eight still­births and five neona­tal deaths, be­tween Jan­uary 2016 and last Septem­ber.

The fight for jus­tice for the fam­i­lies con­tin­ues. Plaid Cymru have promised Cwm Taf fam­i­lies that we will never for­get what they went through, and we will keep that prom­ise.

I’m call­ing for a strength­ened gov­er­nance and qual­ity of care frame­work to make sure this doesn’t hap­pen again. Such a frame­work must in­clude a pro­fes­sional body for NHS man­agers with the abil­ity to strike off man­agers for poor per­for­mance and a gen­uinely in­de­pen­dent Health­care In­spec­torate Wales.

We need an in­de­pen­dent body to col­lect and pub­lish statis­tics on per­for­mance that has the power to re­quire health boards to pro­vide data.

There should also be a le­gal duty of can­dour ap­plied to all health pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing man­age­ment, and a gen­uine and ro­bust com­plaints sys­tem that sup­ports fam­i­lies and pa­tients.

Plaid Cymru will en­sure that the Health Com­mit­tee of the Assem­bly scru­ti­nises the Labour led Welsh Gov­ern­ment, and that fam­i­lies are able to give ev­i­dence. We will do all we can to hold peo­ple to ac­count to en­sure no fam­i­lies in Wales will ever have to ex­pe­ri­ence such suf­fer­ing again.

Fol­low me on twit­ter https://twit­ter.com/ he­len­marycymru or like my page www.face­book. com/He­lenMaryJon­es Plaid. If you wish to con­tact me about this or any other is­sues, email He­[email protected] assem­bly.wales

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