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Hospital criticised for risky operation

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A hospital in Wales has been heavily criticised by the Public Services Ombudsman after a man died after having bowel surgery, reports the BBC.

Seventy-year-old Allan King had undergone the surgery at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend to relieve symptoms he suffered and to give him a better quality of life, but he died six days later.

The ombudsman’s report found that the type of surgery carried out was too risky to be carried out just to relieve symptoms, and that Mr King had not had the risks fully explained to him until shortly before the operation was due to start, says the BBC. It also found that there was insufficient preparation before the operation, and that the surgeon was “acting at the limit of his skills” when he carried out the procedure.

According to the BBC, the health board has apologised, and agreed to pay Mr King’s partner £5,000 in medical negligence compensation for the distress she has suffered.


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