Local News & Archive — July 19, 2016 at 12:00 am — Updated: July 19, 2016 at 12:00 am

Glan Clwyd C.diff: report highlights improvements and concerns

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A new report says there have been significant improvements at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd following a major C.diff outbreak.

Thirty patients died at the Bodelwyddan hospital between January and May 2013, when over 96 cases of Clostridium difficile were reported.

A critical report into the handling of the outbreak by the Besti Cadwaladr health board led to the resignation of chairman Prof Merfyn Jones and vice chair Dr Lyndon Miles. There were also calls for the board to face a corporate manslaughter investigation.

The latest review into infection protection was carried out last March by Professor Brian Duerden. In its findings, he states that there had been ”very significant improvements” in management and practice, but there were still gaps where his recommendations had not been fully implemented.

The report says there is concern over ”current threats to the maintenance of a safe and effective service as a result of staff changes and a failure to fill key posts in a timely manner”, including ”the seriously depleted state of consultant staffing in medical microbiology”.

Professor Duerden, an expert in healthcare infection, also criticised the board’s decision to staff one consultant each at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan, Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and Wrexham Maelor Hospital. The staffing changes, introduced in April, were described as ”potentially unsafe”.

The report is due to be discussed at the next board meeting on Thursday.


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