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North Wales death rates are compared to troubled Stafford Hospital

Death rates at troubled Stafford Hospital can be compared to those in north Wales, an assembly committee has heard.

Officials from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board have been giving evidence to the public accounts committee following a recent damning official report into mismanagement.

The committee heard there had been a "drift up" in the risk adjusted mortality index (or Rami) - an indicator of excess or unexpected deaths - at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.

Committee chair Darren Millar AM said people could draw comparisons between Stafford Hospital and the situation in north Wales.

A public inquiry found that years of abuse and neglect at Stafford Hospital had led to hundreds of needless patient deaths.

Ysbyty Gwynedd has a Rami of 122. A Rami of over 100 indicates a hospital has more deaths than should be expected.

Dr Martin Duerden, medical director at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, explained the figures.

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