Liverpool hospital lifts 'ban' on Welsh heart patients

Heart operation taking place (Library picture)
Image caption The hospital specialises in heart and chest treatment

A ban on Welsh heart patients being treated at a Merseyside hospital has been lifted after health officials resolved a funding row.

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital officials had taken the action, blaming a shortfall in funding from Wales.

Talks to resolve the issue began last month with north Wales' Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

A joint statement said negotiations had been concluded and services would now "continue as previously provided".

The Liverpool hospital has been carrying out up to 70 pre-planned "elective" operations a month on Welsh patients and dealing with up to 50 urgent cases.

It imposed its ban in late December, affecting all but medically urgent cases.

Officials at the hospital said the number of Welsh patients who have had surgery had far exceeded the financial contract agreed with the Betsi Cadwaladr board.

But that issues has since been resolved, according to a joint statement.

It said: "We are pleased to confirm that negotiations between the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital have been concluded and that the service to patients will continue as previously provided. Patients are reassured that they will continue to receive the same high level of care."

The hospital specialises in cardiac surgery, upper gastrointestinal conditions, respiratory medicine and adult cystic fibrosis.

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