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 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 .