Saturday, 1 January 2011

Another Hart failure!

It doesn't come as any surprise to read that the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board will start 2011 with yet another crisis. The latest crisis is that reported in the Daily Post that "North Wales heart patients 'banned' from Liverpool."

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.


Al Iguana said...

I would have thought a better question would be: why doesn't such a unit exist in North Wales to begin with? Put THAT question to her.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

They can't run what they've got in North Wales! Don't know whether commissioning is most cost effective way of delivering this service. I know someone who has had Cardiac treatment in Wrecsam and Liverpool, he compared it as Premier League and Second Division...apparently there is no comparison. But I will ask that question of Edwina.