Cardiff and Vale health board's medical director, Dr Graham Shortland
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Cardiff and Vale liver specialist deaths 'avoidable'

Health chiefs say they are continuing to liaise with families after it was revealed a liver specialist was suspended over the "avoidable deaths" of eight patients treated in Cardiff.

Consultant surgeon Prof David Paul Berry was based at the University Hospital of Wales.

A professional review of 31 of his patients found that 10 died and "eight of those 10 deaths were avoidable".

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has issued "unreserved apologies" to every family affected.

The health board's executive medical director, Dr Graham Shortland, told Nelli Bird on BBC Wales' Good Morning Wales programme they had been open with the families involved.

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