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The Hywel Dda Health Board proposes drastic changes to how hospital services are provided in Pembrokeshire.
To provide context for those of you not very familiar with the latest intricacies of the Welsh NHS’s decision making:
The Labour Welsh Government, and the quasi-independent Hywel Dda health board who are answerable to them, have just recommended downgrading both Withybush Hospital, Pembrokeshire, and the next nearest A&E at Gwangwili, in Carmarthenshire. That’s 12 times further than the average emergency distance admission in England.
They propose a Salami Slicing of cuts to Withybush general hospital Services which means that they will no longer have a fully functioning A&E department. In doing so children who require emergency care will be faced with traveling for upwards of sixty minutes, even longer if they live in more rural areas just to have that life-saving emergency care.
A time scale that will put lives at risk.
Withybush County hospital in Carmathen will no longer be treating children in A & E, they will have to go to other hospitals.
If you add the time to wait for an ambulance to get to where a patient may be, stabilising the patient, then transporting that patient to a hospital that is beyond the borders of the county. Crucial minutes lost in a situation where time is a critical factor.
In 2018 a 40,000 signatures petition appeared to have secured its future only to be ignored three years later.
The Welsh Government can, and does, try to shift the blame, and claim all downgrade decisions are based on the clinician-led recommendations from Hywel Dda Health board.
But Steve Moore, CEO, of the Health Board, allegedly claimed on BBC news yesterday (I did not see the interview in person), that “Pembrokeshire is little more than a retirement village”.
This is the reality of modern Wales.
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