The Member of the Senedd for the Rhondda has questioned the Health Minister over the maternity scandal at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.
Leanne Wood MS asked Vaughan Gething whether there had been “accountability” following long term problems within the two major maternity departments at the health board which led to dozens of mothers receiving substandard care and having their concerns dismissed.
In response to a government statement on the maternity crisis, Leanne said: “It's not possible to overstate the pain, the hurt, the harm and the anguish that has been caused to every one of the families that has been affected by this scandal, and that is ongoing. It's not something that's in the past; it's something that people are living with every single day.
“The report says that, of the 28 episodes of care reviewed, in two thirds of these cases, different care may be reasonably expected to have had a different outcome. Can the Minister explain what he understands 'different outcome' to mean? Does he accept that this polite and diplomatic language used in these reports may well be part of the problem?”
Leanne added: “The report and the statement put much emphasis on the improvements and learning that has taken place, but if we've learnt anything from the past year and other scandals that have taken place in other institutions, it's that learning can only be really embedded if there is accountability for wrongdoing.
“Can the Minister honestly say that there has been accountability in this scandal, when the previous leadership of the health board have received such large pay-outs and the women who've become bereaved, in some cases, have received nothing?”
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