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Plans to improve critical patient care in Wales outlined

12 June 2013 Last updated at 07:49 BST

Plans to reduce "bed blocking" and other problems preventing critically ill patients getting the NHS care they need have been outlined by ministers.

Welsh government plans to improve critical care reveal an "unknown number of patients" are denied high level care due to "capacity shortages".

The Conservatives said there was a shortage of critical care beds due to Labour's "record-breaking NHS cuts".

Around 9,000 patients receive critical care in Wales each year.

Prof Ceri Phillips, a health economist at Swansea University, spoke to Bethan Rhys-Roberts on Radio Wales' Good Morning Wales programme.

Critical care bed gap 'unknown'