The patient – Ethan from Burry Port – was 14 before he eventually operated on – after waiting 3 years

The Ombudsman for Wales has criticised the NHS –  and by implication the  Welsh Labour Health Minister Vaughan Gething  who is responsible for it – after an 11-year-old boy was made to wait 3 years  for a vital kidney operation.

The boy – named Ethan from Burry Port  – was told an infected abscess on his side had left him needing the operation but took three years of pleading,  culminating in his father doing a tv news interview before the boy actually received the treatment he needed  at the Heath Hospital in Cardiff.

The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales Nick Bennet

Penarth AM Vaughan Gething (Labour Cardiff South and Penarth is in charge of the NHS in Wales

The day after the tv interview the Cardiff and Vale Health University Board offered an appointment for the kidney removal operation.

Nick Bennet the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, said it was likely Ethan’s human  rights had been compromised because of the three-year wait.

Heath officials have – apparently “agreed to apologise” for the delays and  adopt recommendations. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board – which, under Vaughan Gething,  is in charge of all NHS services  in Cardiff and Penarth says it wants to  convey its “sincere apologies” for the distress caused to Ethan and his family.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething who is Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth is now campaigning to become Welsh Labour Leader and First Minister of Wales  .

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  1. Alan Peters says:

    Why does it take outside influences like the TV interview to get action taken by the people responsible for our N.H.S. As soon as there is a hint of scandal or poor publicity somebody does something. Another example of the Welsh N.H.S. mismanagement.

  2. Richard says:

    I think what really gets to people is that it’s always no ones fault. Apart from government controlled organisations who else could get away with that. Someone decided not to let the lad have the operation. Name and shame required is the only way to stop this nonsense.

  3. Tell the story correctly says:

    Why the reference to Cardiff and Vale. Just because they ultimately treated this poor lad. He comes from Burry Port. The issue here is also with his GP and local
    Health Board.

  4. And people want this person to be leader of their party. He has the makings of another Grayling.

  5. Peter Church says:

    Vaughan will say it wasn’t his fault and will refuse to answer any more questions on the subject before storming out.
    He will be just great as FM !!

  6. Jp says:

    It’s not possible to be too angry about this, I don’t support PDN’s usual stance but on NHS mid management Welsh Labour and Vaughan Gething have nowhere to hide. He should resign, they should admit that they don’t have the talent to cope.

  7. John says:

    The NHS in Wales is utterly shambolic under Gethin. He doesn’t care though as the salary for failure keeps coming in.

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