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Charlotte speaks out over worrying mortality rate figures in NHS Wales

21.02.2014

telegraphCharlotte has expressing concern over mortality rates in Welsh hospitals after she uncovered an email from the NHS medical director to Welsh counterparts expressing concern.

The Telegraph has reported that “The NHS has been accused of covering up “worrying and persistently high” death rates in Welsh hospitals and ignoring calls to investigate by England’s most senior doctor.

“The disclosure on Wednesday night provoked a political row, with Labour accused of presiding over serious failures at NHS hospitals in Wales, where it has held power since devolution. Emails seen by The Telegraph show that Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS England medical director, called for an investigation three months ago.”

Charlotte, a member of the Commons health committee, who obtained the correspondence, said: “After all the fatal cover-ups in Mid Staffs, which cost countless lives under Labour, there is still a corner of the NHS where they preside – and yet again we see cover-up and inaction.”

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said the failure was a “betrayal of patients” and accused the NHS in Labour-controlled Wales of not learning the lessons of Mid-Staffs, where hundreds of patients died amid failings in care.

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