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Tenerife beheading: Care progress checks at Glan Clwyd hospital

Deyan Deyanov( right) in the court in Tenerife Image copyright PA
Image caption Deyan Deyanov (right) was sentenced to 20 years in a secure unit

Health bosses, who were criticised over the care a man with paranoid schizophrenia received in hospital months before he beheaded a woman in Tenerife, have discussed progress they have made.

Deyan Deyanov murdered Jennifer Mills-Westley, from Norwich, seven months after leaving Glan Clwyd hospital.

A Healthcare Inspectorate Wales report said without the shortcomings in his care Deyanov, 22, might not have murdered Mrs Mills-Westley, 60.

He left the Rhyl hospital in 2010.

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Image caption Jennifer Mills-Westley had retired to the holiday island of Tenerife

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, which runs the hospital and carried out its own internal review prior to the inquiry, apologised to Mrs Mills-Westley's family and said lessons had been learnt.

It set out 19 points of how to improve including standards of care, clinical records, staff and culture, medication, diagnosis, risk assessment and aftercare planning.

The progress was discussed on Tuesday.

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales report found a number of shortcomings including:

  • Several aspects of care were not delivered to a sufficient standard, resulting in the formation of an inappropriate diagnosis and unsatisfactory aftercare
  • There existed a culture where a prejudiced view of [Deyanov] was fostered by some staff
  • A greater level of engagement with the family of [Deyanov] would have assisted in developing a greater understanding of his background and history
  • [Deyanov's] diagnosis of malingering (feigning illness) which was formulated during his second admission to the Ablett Psychiatric Unit, directly affected subsequent decisions regarding the follow-up and support following discharge
  • It was unclear as to whether adequate steps had been taken to ensure due regard was given to his wellbeing once he was discharged

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