Following yesterday’s announcement by the Health Board, Nia Griffith MP is calling on the Hywel Dda Board to listen to the clinicians at Prince Philip Hospital who made their views clear in the press in the autumn, and who are now working on alternative plans to keep doctor-led services at PPH.
“Residents have not minced their words with me about the way the Health Board has handled the consultation – they feel cheated, insulted by the loaded questions in the questionnaire and furious the Health Board chose to ignore the 33,000 signature petition from Llanelli. They do not trust the board, and are fearful that a nurse-led something or other unit (which the Board could not name!!) might pave the way to further loss of services. There has got to be another way.
I have already been in touch with a group of clinicians at Prince Philip Hospital who are working on a plan to provide a 24-hour doctor-led service at the hospital, so that residents can have the confidence that in an emergency they will be seen promptly by a doctor with the necessary expertise. I am calling on the Board to listen to these professionals, who know what is clinically safe, and work with them to keep front-line doctor-led acute services at Prince Philip Hospital.”