A York law firm is providing advice and expertise in a national case involving allegations of patient neglect at a Welsh health board.
Langleys Solicitors is acting for the lead client, Gareth Williams, in the call for a public inquiry after his mother Lilian died in 2012 at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.
The matter is regularly debated in the Welsh Assembly by senior politicians and has been reported by The Times to be on the radar of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Mr Williams’ solicitor Helen Rundle, who specialises in medical negligence cases, has provided comment on the case to national media including The Times and Private Eye.
She and Sally-Ann Robinson, head of Langleys’ medical law team, attended a recent public meeting at which Mr Williams and the families of other patients expressed concerns about care received at hospitals under the umbrella of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU).
The campaign is supported by Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) – the charity for patient safety and justice.
“We very much support the call by the families involved for a full public inquiry – nothing short of that will placate the very serious concerns we heard at the public meeting both in respect of standards of care and also the way in which complaints have been handled.
“Comparisons have been drawn with the Mid Staffordshire scandal and that should set the precedence for a public inquiry to be ordered for this tragic evolving situation.
“We will do what we can to support our clients and AvMA to bring about the change they so desperately want to see to improve health services across Wales.”
Mr Williams said of Helen’s involvement:
“Not least because of the attention to detail that Langleys has attributed to the various strands of our case, they have taken it to another level, beyond what, at our lowest ebb, we ever thought possible.
“No matter how this eventually resolves itself, we couldn’t have been better served or more supported. We are where we are today because Langleys has supported us all the way.”
Sally-Ann Robinson said:
“I am delighted to see that our expertise has been recognised as far afield as Wales and that Langleys has been able to provide support in such a high profile matter.
We are committed to supporting families with concerns about standards of care.”