Responding to the review of maternity services at the former Cwm Taf University Health Board, Interim Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, Nesta Lloyd-Jones said:
“Our sympathies go out to all the families who are affected by the standard of care found in maternity services at the former Cwm Taf University Health Board. As the reports highlight the service provided to many women and families fell below the quality and standards that we would expect from the NHS
“Health Boards across Wales are taking these findings extremely seriously and are committed to understanding the issues and the recommendations highlighted in this report in relation to their own services. The delivery of excellent safe care to our mums and babies is a priority for Health Boards across Wales.
“The NHS is committed to engaging and listening to the needs of patients and want to learn and improve as a result of patient experiences. Health Boards are continually reviewing maternity services at a local level to ensure services are of the highest quality for women and their families.
“We therefore welcome the decision by the Minister for Health and Social Services to seek reassurance that maternity services throughout Wales meet the standards required.”
For anyone requiring information or support, the Sands charity provides a telephone helpline which is free to call from landlines and mobiles on 0808 164 3332. The team is available to speak to from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 6pm to 10pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings. They also welcome enquiries via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and a Bereavement Support app downloadable from their webpage at www.sands.org.uk