THE lives of hundreds of people suffering acute heart and chest complaints could be put at risk after a Merseyside hospital said it will no longer admit patients from North Wales.
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (LHCH) took the extraordinary move to ban patients from the region, unless their condition is urgent, because of a funding shortfall.
The ban will affect people waiting for heart bypass and cardiac valve surgery and letters have already been sent to GPs across the region telling them their patients have been bumped off the waiting list
North Wales GP's representative, Dr Eamon Jessup is quite right when he described the situation as an unmitigated disaster and puts patients lives at risk. Questions need to be put to the Health Minister Edwina Hart about why the BCU Health Board seem unable to negotiate and commission these life saving treatments from the LHCH.