Leading doctors have raised fears that high numbers of patients are dying while waiting for heart surgery in Wales.
The Royal College of Surgeons wrote to healthcare inspectors last year warning of “grave concerns” that too many people were dying in the south of the country because of long waits for heart surgery.
The letter, seen by The Daily Telegraph, calls for swift action to tackle “unacceptably high mortality” levels and highlights more than 150 cases in which patients died waiting for life-saving treatment.
Last night the college said it remains concerned, and was waiting for the findings of two NHS working parties in Wales which are currently examining the issue.
It’s worth noting that NHS Wales has not become marketised in the manner that NHS England has been. Lucky that, eh, otherwise people would be dying as companies competed for profit rather than cooperate in the pursuit of the patients’ best interests.