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Cwm Taf maternity services: 'Long way to go' until safe


There is a "very long way to go" before maternity services at Cwm Taf health board can be declared safe, an independent review panel has said.

The panel was appointed after a damning review earlier this year prompted by the death of a number of babies. It also revealed it would review more than 100 extra cases between 2016 and 2018 where it believed lessons could be learnt, although not all were serious.

However, it said the health board was beginning to make improvements.

In April, a review led by the Royal College of Gynaecologists unearthed a catalogue of serious failings and highlighted many distressing examples of where mothers and babies had likely been harmed as a result of poor care. It uncovered failings at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, and Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

Overall maternity services were described as "dysfunctional" and way below acceptable standards.

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Source: BBC News, 8 October 2019

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