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Wales NHS cross-border care in England 'reality of life'

Sending patients to England for treatment is a reality of life in the Welsh NHS, a health watchdog chair has said.

It follows a pledge by Health Minister Mark Drakeford to continue allowing some heart patients in Wales to be sent to England for surgery in a bid to tackle waiting lists.

Targets for patients being seen within six months have not been met for more than two years, according to a first annual performance report on heart services.

But Dr John Morgan, chair of the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales, told BBC Radio Wales that Welsh health boards would always need to send some patients to England for treatment.

  • 29 Jul 2014
  • From the section Wales
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