Judicial review decision welcomed by health board as AM vows to fight on

Paul Davies AM

Paul Davies AM

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Hywel Dda University Health Board has welcomed the decision of a judicial review which upheld its consultation on health care changes as ‘fair and lawful’.

Welcoming the decision, Director of Corporate Services, Chris Wright, said he hoped the judgement provided staff, patients and members of the public with the assurance that the consultation was not only lawful but fully compliant with best practice.

Mr Wright added: “We have always maintained that our consultation fully complied with the law and was open, accessible and inclusive. We are delighted that this has been recognised by the Judge and hope that this marks the end of what has been a long and costly process.

“Our legal costs in defending the case are in the region of £300,000 – money that would have been better spent on front line services.”

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies says the fight to retain services at Withybush Hospital will go on despite the failed judicial review.

Commenting on a High Court decision to dismiss a legal challenge made by Hywel Dda reorganisation campaigners Mr Davies said “This is a disappointing decision which does not signal the end of our fight against Labour’s devastating plans.

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“It must also be remembered that neither is this decision any kind of endorsement of the proposals – which remain a catastrophic mistake.

“Plans to strip Withybush of core services are reckless, unnecessary, and dangerous.

“Given the gravity of Labour’s irresponsible proposals, it is no surprise to see so many recently making their way to the Senedd to protest.

“It is crucial that these thousands of voices are heard and I look forward to joining campaigners at future protests.

“This decision must be overturned and my passionate campaigning will continue.”

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4:43pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Jonathan Nutting says...

If it was so fair, why do so many people feel cheated and let down?
If it was so fair, why do so many people feel cheated and let down? Jonathan Nutting
  • Score: 4

11:31pm Fri 11 Jul 14

save sunnybank says...

just realized our new road to st clears is all part of the big plan. What else is happening under our noses?? Will we end up being means tested to use the NHS??? Don't just accept it. BE AT WITHYBUSH 9.00 a.m. 24th July
People are fighting, we need to stand up and be counted.
Human Rights says we should keep our core services at Withybush and so does Common Sense & Logic
just realized our new road to st clears is all part of the big plan. What else is happening under our noses?? Will we end up being means tested to use the NHS??? Don't just accept it. BE AT WITHYBUSH 9.00 a.m. 24th July People are fighting, we need to stand up and be counted. Human Rights says we should keep our core services at Withybush and so does Common Sense & Logic save sunnybank
  • Score: 4

5:29pm Sat 12 Jul 14

seaveiw says...

judicial remove a farce i say bet they wouldnt want to be stuck behind a tractor etc on the way to carmarthen from haverfordwest, that is if an ambulance is available.
judicial remove a farce i say bet they wouldnt want to be stuck behind a tractor etc on the way to carmarthen from haverfordwest, that is if an ambulance is available. seaveiw
  • Score: 3

10:01am Thu 17 Jul 14

Flashbang says...

No children will be Pembrokeshire born after the move except those stuck in the back of or waiting for an ambulance.
No children will be Pembrokeshire born after the move except those stuck in the back of or waiting for an ambulance. Flashbang
  • Score: 1

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