Following their demonstration outside ORS offices, Nia Griffith MP and Keith Davies AM delivered a letter to the private research company, Opinion Research Service requesting senior management to call off their threat of legal action against members of the Hywel Dda Community Health Council.
The Minister for Health has asked the Community Health Council and the Hywel Dda Local Health Board to enter into a further period of negotiations to try to strike a local deal. Nia Griffith MP and Keith Davies AM believe that the CHC has an important role to play in representing the views of patients across our local area. The Llanelli politicians believe that the threat of legal action against the two volunteer members of the CHC, Chair Tony Wales and Vice-Chair Dr Gabrielle Heathcote, has the potential to undermine those discussions.
Speaking about the issue, Nia Griffith MP said:
“The threat of legal action by ORS is a complete distraction from the very serious work that the Community Health Council is doing in scrutinising the Hywel Dda Health Board’s plans. I know that people in Llanelli would far rather see the Community Health Council speak up about A&E services at PPH, than having to respond to the threat of legal action.”
Following a meeting between The MP, AM and ORS, ORS agreed to put back the deadline for response to their letter until after 19th April, the final day for talks between the CHC and Health Board.