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Concerns over A&E death rates at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd

Concerns over A&E death rates at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd
From BBC - January 28, 2018

Fears have been raised that too many people are dying at an emergency department in Denbighshire.

The A&E unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, had the highest death rate in Wales in 2016-17.

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar said it was "not right" patients in north Wales were more likely to die.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) said part of the problem was the large elderly population in Rhyl, and the surrounding area.

NHS Wales figures show 30.4 people per 10,000 died when admitted to the emergency unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital in the year to October 2017, above the Welsh average of 19.4 deaths per 10,000 patients.

The death rate at the A&E department of the Bodelwyddan hospital has been higher than the Welsh average since July 2012.

Conservative AM Mr Millar said he had been approached by people working in the NHS who were concerned about the high death rate.

"I have got a great deal of sympathy for staff in our emergency departments who are working hard to save people's lives," he said.

"But when you have got figures in front of you which show that there is an increase in the death rate, that you are more likely to die in that emergency department compared to others in north Wales, you have got to ask yourself the question: What's going wrong in that emergency department?"

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