Allegations of “unacceptable” lack of transparency against HIW
Victims of alleged sex assaults were not “treated as they should” by an investigation supported by the Welsh Government, according to a lawyer.
Three women claim that Kris Wade, a former nursing assistant, has attacked them while working for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board.
Years later Wade was jailed for murdering Christine James in a sex assault .
Two years after the end of the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) review of the case, two of the complainants have not been interviewed, or have been up to date with HIW.
According to the lawyer representing two of the complainants, Alan Collins, the lack of transparency is “unacceptable”, but the Welsh Government says that HIW has contacted all the relevant individuals.
The original report concluded that the health board had not investigated the three allegations sufficiently “robust”, before the HIW received an application to find out if there was more to be learned from the case.
A government spokeswoman said that HIW had contacted the relevant individuals and that it would not be appropriate to comment on an independent review that has not been completed.
According to Mr Collins, the women, or their families, have not been treated as they should.
“So far there are serious doubts about the review – he’s just not feeling transparent – they do not have contact with some of the victims’ families than any,” he said.
He said that there was only an independent investigation that could call on witnesses and evidence from the police and the Crown Prosecution Service, and that every piece of evidence needed to come to a fair conclusion.
He added: “The public need to be confident that a member of their family who had to go to hospital would be completely safe – we must know if the current safeguarding system works or not .
“It’s now too easy for an employer to get rid of employees – this is like kicking the dog further down the road.”
‘Transparent and open’
When there is an incident involving patient safety within the NHS or social care, there should be a serious incident report, which will then inform managers and the Welsh Government.
350 of these events were recorded along the Welsh health boards in 2010/11, compared to 2329 in 2017/18.
With regard to the social care system, 28,981 serious incident reports were made in 2017 – a 16% increase since 2015 (24,974).
The Welsh Government said that the annual increase reflects the transparent and transparent culture of protection that the organization has. There is now a wait for NHS staff to record two events compared to previous years.
Although the figures show that things are improving, according to Mr Collins there are still questions to answer in terms of why so many incidents have been recorded for so long.