Commenting on HIW’s special report into Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Dr David Bailey, chair of the BMA’s Welsh council said:
“BMA Cymru Wales welcomes today’s special report by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.
“When we called for the independent report in 2017 we said that health boards should not investigate serious concerns about themselves. Today’s report confirms this and shows that there is still work to be done to improve the governance processes of health boards throughout Wales.
“Despite concerns being raised by us for a number of years, it is disappointing that the report found that the reporting structure for quality and safety remains unclear. The Health Board has had a significant amount of time to rectify this and has not done so. It is imperative that they now take urgent steps to put in a robust structure to ensure the safeguarding of patients.
“It is deeply troubling that the report found that ‘some executive Board’ members were individually aware of the details of the allegations against Kris Wade throughout the investigation and that these were not formally reported to the Board.
“I note that the Minister has accepted the recommendations for the Welsh Government in their entirety. This report highlights the dire need for an individual within Health Boards with whom staff can raise concerns. BMA Cymru Wales stands ready to work with the Welsh Government and Health Boards to implement these recommendations.”
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