Paul Davies Raises Under-reporting of Deaths at Hywel Dda University Health Board

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has called on the Welsh Government to provide assurances that published information in relation to the number of Covid 19 deaths in the local Health Board area is accurate and up-to-date, following the news that Hywel Dda University Health Board has under-reported the number of deaths in the Health Board area.

Mr Davies said, “It’s absolutely crucial that the public can have confidence that any figures that are in the public domain are accurate and up-to-date and it’s deeply worrying that it hasn’t been the case so far. We know that whilst the protocol was shared amongst clinicians, this was not embedded consistently across the Health board area and so lessons must be learnt and local quality assurance must take place. Many people across Pembrokeshire are rightly frustrated and angry that this has happened and so it’s essential that checks are in place to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. I will of course, continue to monitor this matter and do all that I can to see that when data is reported, it’s precise so that the people of Pembrokeshire can be confident that they’re getting an accurate picture of the impact of Covid 19 on our communities.”