Following the Cabinet Secretary for Healthâ€™s statement on the health boardâ€™s maternity services in the Senedd today, the Welsh Conservatives have expressed concern about the link between infant deaths and the centralising of consultant-led maternity services.
The statement follows news that 20 stillbirths and six cases of babies dying shortly after being born are subject to investigation by the health board that serves Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Commenting outside the Siambr, Shadow Health Secretary Angela Burns AM, said:
â€œI am extremely concerned to hear of these investigations and offer my condolences to any families affected by this. The scale of their loss is impossible to comprehend and to relive their experiences to determine exactly what happened in each of these cases takes remarkable strength.â€�
â€œEach and every parent has the right to expect safe, adequately staffed maternity services when they enter hospital at this critical time. To think that this may have not been the case for these parents is tragic.
â€œThe Welsh Government must understand that when it encourages its health boards to centralise its consultant-led maternity services, as has happened in Cwm Taf, they must be able to guarantee the highest levels of patient safety and ensure that measures are in place to properly staff and resource these vital services.
â€œWhen the report of these tragic incidences comes to light the Welsh Government must invoke a thorough review of maternity services across Wales to ensure this can never happen again.â€�