Welsh Health Minister orders inquiry into baby death at Ystrad Mynach Hospital
THE Welsh health minister tonight ordered an inquiry after a woman's baby died while she waited two hours for an ambulance for an emergency caesarean section.
The woman is understood to have been at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach and had been waiting for an ambulance to the Royal Gwent Hospital when the incident took place last Thursday.
Health minister Lesley Griffiths was reacting to comments made by Plaid AM Jocelyn Davies in the Assembly about the case.
Ms Davies asked for a reaction from Ms Griffiths about a Caerphilly woman who last week waited two hours for an ambulance to take her from Ystrad Mynach to the Royal Gwent Hospital where her baby then died during an attempted forceps delivery.
She asked the minister: “Will you ensure that the family’s wishes for a proper investigation are met?
“Will women have confidence in midwife-led centres if they have no confidence in an ambulance should things go wrong?”
Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, run by Gwent's Aneurin Bevan Health Board, has a midwifery-led birthing unit.
Ms Griffiths responded saying she was aware of the case: “I can assure you I will be writing to the Aneurin Bevan Health Board to ensure a thorough investigation."
Ms Davies raised the matter during a debate on Wales' ambulance service, called by the Liberal Democrats, in the Senedd on Wednesday evening.