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Sunday 15 September 2019
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Trust accused of "Berlin Wall" strategy

An English NHS trust denied it has stopped treating patients from across the border after being accused of putting up the equivalent of the "Berlin Wall".

Staff at North Bristol NHS Trust, which runs Southmead and Frenchay hospitals, have been instructed not to book Welsh patients for appointments unless prior funding has been secured.

All new and follow-up appointments, including listing patients for surgery, should only go ahead with funding approval from the Welsh Assembly, an internal memo said.