"Mortuary distress unacceptable"

South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has called for action after it emerged that human tissue was kept for far longer than necessary after post-mortem examinations at the University Hospital of Wales.


Describing the situation as “unacceptable” – Mr Davies pointed out it was not the first time such an incident had occurred – and also cited other failings with the Health Board’s governance.


Mr Davies said, “It is completely wrong that families should have to go through the distressing experience of finding out their loved ones’ post-mortems were conducted in this way.


“In one case – human tissue was kept at the hospital mortuary for 5 years – and such carelessness is inexcusable.


“Similar failings occurred 8 years ago – and this should not have been allowed to happen again.


“The news follows a damning report from the Auditor General into the Health Board’s finances – and it remains to be seen whether they will require a bailout.


“These are considerable failings of governance at many levels – and urgent action is required to sort out these unacceptable shortcomings.”