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September 2021

September 30, 2021

Mental health patients still dying in North Wales due to ‘cover-up culture’

Politicians across the region have lined up to demand full publication of a 2013 report into mental health services which has ‘yet to see the light of day’. People with mental health problems are still dying in North Wales because of a “cover-up culture” within the region’s health board, it has been claimed.

Over the past three years there have been 25 cases of patients coming to harm, according to Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales MS.

Late last year a man died at the Ablett Unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, and in April 2021 a woman from Caernarfon took her life at the Hergest Unit at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.  Mr Gruffydd claimed problems remain because Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is “refusing” to release a 2013 report commissioned after staff raised concerns over patient safety.

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