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Health staff suspended following care concerns

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Medical staff at the mental health ward at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Denbighshire have been suspended following a recent inquiry. Concerns about the care provided in the Tawel Fan ward were raised in December of last year, and has been closed since. A total of eight nurses were suspended from their positions, with a further four moved to other duties in the hospital. Two doctors are also working under restrictions.

The inquiry was carried out following numerous complaints concerning the care standards maintained by the ward.  The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) asked the North Wales Police to investigate the matter after numerous “deeply disturbing” allegations were made last year. A spokesperson from the health board said that both the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Medical Council had been informed. 

“Allegations are deeply distressing”

An independent report, commissioned by the BCUHB, is due to be released as soon as the police inquiry has come to an end. Peter Higson, chairman of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said in a statement at the beginning of the month: “The allegations are deeply distressing and very serious. We are extremely concerned, and will do all we can to ensure they’re thoroughly investigated.

The police are currently reviewing detailed documents and other material that has been gathered throughout the review. Detectives are also in the process of contacting individual families that have been affected by the care provided in the ward over the last few years.

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