THE STARTLING severity of a recent independent review on standards of NHS care in Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot is almost unimaginable.

Each of the report’s recommendations must be implemented immediately and regular updates publicly provided.

Still missing is a guarantee from Labour ministers that this is not happening elsewhere in Wales – or within other aspects of adult care.

The report focused solely on care for the elderly, and I believe that was far too narrow a focus. Welsh Conservatives have long called for a Keogh-style Wales-wide public inquiry into standards of NHS care. We believe this is the only way to restore confidence in the NHS, safeguard the service for future generations, and root out any remaining lapses in care.

This is the sensible way forward for the National Health Service and I urge Labour ministers to put this desperately needed process into action.

Andrew RT Davies Welsh Conservative Leader National Assembly for Wales