REGIONAL MS Suzy Davies is calling for an immediate inquiry into the on-going outbreak of Covid 19 at Maesteg Hospital which has affected 24 patients so far and left seven dead.
Mrs Davies said she was shocked by these figures which were disclosed by Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board a few days ago.
She said: “It is my understanding that almost all the patients in the hospital’s only in-patient ward have caught the virus and seven of them to date have died. I know that most patients in Maesteg are elderly and already frail so are more susceptible to the worst effects of Covid. But the question that has to be asked is how the virus got into the hospital in the first place.
“Maesteg is not a busy, acute hospital with patients arriving all the time needing emergency care. Generally speaking, patients are transferred into Maesteg after initially being treated elsewhere, usually Princess of Wales, or perhaps coming from a care home.
“I understand that patients entering hospitals in CTM are tested for Covid but did this happen in Maesteg? We are not talking here of the early days of the outbreak when people were wrongly sent into care homes and other settings from hospitals without testing. We have surely learnt that lesson by now.
“So how did this happen? If patients were positive, why were they not separated? I know that the ward has a number of smaller rooms as well as four bedded ones. So, were procedures to keep Covid and non-Covid patients apart followed correctly? Is this the result of asymptomatic staff not being tested? Is there an issue with the ventilation system?
“The obvious conclusion is that the procedures are not adequate. Andrew RT Davies, the Welsh Conservative health spokesman, has been asking for an inquiry into hospital-acquired Covid infections for weeks.
“We need answers to these questions now as this pandemic is a long way from being over and if there are lessons to be learnt, then they must be learned acted upon without delay.”
Mrs Davies, who is a Welsh Conservative, has written to CTM chairman Dr Marcus Longley seeking answers.