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Health Service Failures Put Lives At risk

January 16, 2011 5:18 PM

Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly candidate Mike Powell has expressed concern at hospital safety levels within Cwm Taf health board after a recent Welsh Health Estates report revealed that the total cost of the NHS repairs backlog is £460 million and that the sum of high and significant risk repairs total £209 million.

"Two Health Trusts are still failing to meet fire safety regulations set in 2005 and 2008 - Cwm Taf is one of those.

This comes closely on the tail of news that they have still not implemented their own asbestos management plan - as reported in the Pontypridd Observer on 13the January. Dewi Sant hospital still has asbestos awaiting removal, as does the laundry at the former East Glamorgan site."

In March 2009 it was revealed that three senior NHS managers were suspended after it was claimed they took no action to deal with the potentially lethal asbestos.

Mike Powell says this is symptomatic of Labour's financial mismanagement and poor running of our health service.

"It is almost two years no since the problems with the asbestos in Pontypridd hospitals was brought to the attention of the public. It seems next to nothing has happened in the intervening time to address the issue.

In recent weeks we have heard of failings in the ambulance service where again Cwm Taf comes bottom of the league table. It is simply not good enough. We deserve a better service"