A Health And Social Care Advisory Service report on the care of more than 100 dementia patients at Tawel Fan mental health ward at Glan Clwyd hospital, Denbighshire, is published today.
Responding to the report, Alun Thomas, Chief Executive of Welsh mental health charity Hafal, said: “Hafal is a user-led charity and we were concerned in 2013 to learn of the poor treatment of patients at Tawel Fan. We welcome the inquiry report as an important step in identifying exactly what went wrong at the mental health ward – and ensuring that this does not happen again.
“We are, however, encouraged that Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has accepted the report’s findings and is working with service users and carers to change the culture of its mental health services.
“Hafal will continue to work with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board as it moves forward in learning lessons from Tawel Fan. We will continue to support Health Boards and the Welsh Government in improving mental health services, to monitor that progress carefully, and to provide a strong voice for service users, families and carers at every stage.”