On Saturday Nia Griffith MP and Keith Davies AM joined urological cancer specialist Mr Moosa at Prince Philip Hospital for the Easter Tea organised by the Llanelli and District League of Hospital Friends. The money raised from this event is to go towards the purchase of a special scanner, which can combine the job of an MRI scanner and an ultrasound scanner, and will be used to facilitate the diagnosis of prostrate cancer.
Addressing the friends and guests at the tea, Nia Griffith MP said,
“I would like to thank the League of Friends for all their hard work, both for today’s event and at their regular hospital stall throughout the year, and all who have come along to support the Easter Tea. Through these efforts patients will benefit from the availability of a state of the art scanner, which will help in the early diagnosis of prostrate cancer.
We have heard a lot about the NHS in the press recently, and we know that there are some specialist areas where patients are having to wait far too long for operations, and I will continue to lobby the Minister and the Hywel Dda Health Board to try and resolve these problems, and we must always seek to improve the service. However it is wrong of the Prime Minister to make the Welsh NHS a political football: it is insulting to the many dedicated staff working in the NHS in Wales, and could also cause people unnecessary worry about their future treatment. Most importantly it is simply not true: a report produced by the Nuffield Trust looking at NHS provision over the last 10 years states that there is NO one of the four countries in the UK that is doing much worse or much better than the others. On times for starting cancer treatment, for example, Wales is better than three quarters of the NHS areas in England.”