The Assembly Member for the Rhondda has come down hard against Labour inertia when it comes to improving miscarriage support services.
Leanne Wood AM was reacting to a belated statement from the Welsh Government’s Health Minister about the need to bring in changes to the service Labour has been in charge of since 1999.
The Labour Health Minister’s statement on the need to overhaul miscarriage care was made in the wake of a series of damning reports into the maternity department within Cwm Taf University Health Board.
In the statement the Health Minister refers to officials still considering the contents of a report urging more compassionate maternity service care in Wales which was published nine months ago.
“I have been in contact with a number of Rhondda people who have been treated appallingly following maternity department mistakes.” said Ms Wood.
“I have spoken to others who have had miscarriages. One of the most shocking things to emerge from the damning reports into Cwm Taf University Health Board maternity services is the insensitivity that some bereaved parents faced and that they were not listened to. There seems to be patterns here.
“In such difficult times, people need sympathy, support and the offer of counselling. They need to be heard.
“In this latest statement the Health Minister talks of his officials considering a report on improving miscarriage care in Wales. That report was published in September of last year.
“Where is the urgency? How many parents have been failed in that time because of a failure to act more swiftly? How many grieving parents have been forced to be with new parents on maternity wards?
“Labour have been responsible for the health service since 1999. Labour Health Ministers have a history of hiding behind the Health Boards and failing to take responsibility for their lack of leadership.
“There is no accountability.”
Leanne added: “NHS staff are under enough pressure. The last thing they need – and the last thing that NHS patients in Wales need – is a dithering Government that hides from its responsibilities, failing to make the improvements that are needed.
“Until there is leadership from the very top of government, problems in the service will go unaddressed.”
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