At the packed public meeting about the future of hospital services, Nia Griffith MP pledged to do everything possible to persuade the Hywel Dda Health Board to keep the widest possible range of services at Prince Philip Hospital.
“That’s why, “she said, “when they tell us that they cannot recruit doctors, we must challenge them to do better, to strengthen links with local medical schools and to put together packages that will attract doctors. That’s why, when they speak of plans to ferry people miles away, we must stress the additional strain on the ambulance service, the dire cost in added risk and human suffering and the sheer economic cost. That’s why we need to challenge them when they say “one for Ceredigion, one for Pembrokeshire and one for Carmarthenshire” – it should be TWO for Carmarthenshire, one in Llanelli and one in Carmarthen, because Carmarthenshire is twice the size of the other counties, and we have the biggest concentration of population here in Llanelli. “