As a patient of the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital what I am about to say should come as no surprise. I have a heart condition and I am receiving excellent care from Dr Hall and colleagues.
The Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital is an award winning NHS Foundation Trust, which has achieved the highest score in the country for "overall patient care" in the 2009 Care Quality Commission's National Inpatient Survey.
It was worrying therefore to read in the Daily Post, that due to a funding shortfall some North Wales patients may not be able to receive the treatment they need at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. Dr Eamonn Jessup, a GPs’ representative, labelled the situation an “unmitigated disaster” which would “put patients lives at risk”.
Why has the Betsi Cadwaldr health board dithered so much and allowed this totally unacceptable position to arise?
It's time for the Welsh Assembly to step in and sort this mess out, if they do not then Edwina Hart needs to seriously consider her position.