Call for action to address increasing Sepsis related deaths in North Wales

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar has backed calls for mandatory sepsis awareness training for frontline NHS staff following an increase in the number of sepsis related deaths in North Wales.  

During yesterday’s Business Statement, Darren said many of his constituents have been alarmed to read that between 2016 and 2018, there's been a significant increase in North Wales in terms of the number of sepsis related deaths -  up from 151 in 2016 to 238  in 2018 – and called for action to address the issue.

He said:  

“I know that hospital staff are much better now in terms of identifying sepsis, and that's certainly one of the reasons why more cases have been identified, but the number of deaths is very concerning, and I think that we do need to understand precisely the action that's being taken by the Government in order to raise further awareness and to treat people quickly when sepsis is identified.

“I know that my colleague Angela Burns, if she were here, would be banging the drum about this issue, given her significant interest in having suffered sepsis herself in the past. One of the things that she has called for, of course, is mandatory sepsis awareness training amongst front-line NHS staff, and I think that that would go a long way to reassuring some of my constituents that a greater effort was being made by the NHS in order to capture this very life-threatening condition.”

Darren was assured by the Minister for Finance and  Trefnydd, Rebecca Evans AM,  that “rolling out sepsis training is a priority for Welsh Government”.

Darren added:

"It is vital that the Welsh Government does more to increase awareness across all parts of the Welsh NHS. Achieving reliability in detecting and treating sepsis in Wales could result in 500 fewer deaths and £12m saved per year."