The news coming from Hywel Dda Health Board this week is extremely alarming. In addition to the temporary closure of the out-of-hours GP service at Prince Philip Hospital on Sunday, it appears that unless they can find staff to cover rotas at the last minute there will also be no evening GP service tonight or tomorrow in Llanelli.
This is a completely unacceptable situation. To make matters worse, the Health Board have not yet been able to staff the Friday evening shift at Glangwili Hospital. So even those Llanelli residents who are able to travel to Carmarthen to get urgent care may find themselves with nowhere to turn tomorrow night. In any case, no-one should be having to take a sick relative all the way to Carmarthen or Swansea.
I have written to the Chief Executive of Hywel Dda demanding a meeting and an explanation for why this has been allowed to happen. It is vital that we keep the out-of-hours GP service open in Llanelli, so I will be pressing the Health Board to explain how it plans to prevent further temporary closures and ensure a long-term future for the service.