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Anger as reports into Tawel Fan ward scandal are delayed

From BBC - February 13, 2018

Families have reacted angrily to news that two reports into serious failings at a mental health ward have been delayed because of illness.

The Tawel Fan ward at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Denbighshire, was closed in 2013 and an investigation uncovered "institutional abuse".

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) was placed in special measures as a result.

A spokesman said "good progress" had been made with the reports.

Health expert Donna Ockenden's report into whether governance failures contributed to the failings was due to be published on 8 March, but at a heated meeting on Monday night, the health board confirmed this would not happen because Ms Ockenden had been unwell. It could not give a revised date.

A second review by the Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS),looking at the impact on individual patients, has also been held up because of illness.

One family member, who did not want to be named, told BBC Wales: "We still do not know when we will get the reports. We are extremely unhappy - we have been waiting four-and-a-half years for this."

The families said the health board had promised them an update by the end of the week.

Shadow Health Secretary, Angela Burns, said: "This is an extraordinary amount of time for the victims and their families to have to wait.

"The Tawel Fan scandal shocked the country and the families of those affected deserved much more rapid action to address their concerns."

Geoff Ryall Harvey, chief officer of the North Wales Community Health Council, said he was "extremely disappointed" about the delay, and would be pressing the health board and the Welsh Government for a date.

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