YOUR SAY: Western Telegraph readers angry over plans to close SCBU

Western Telegraph: YOUR SAY: Western Telegraph readers angry over plans to close SCBU YOUR SAY: Western Telegraph readers angry over plans to close SCBU

WESTERN Telegraph readers having been reacting angrily to the news that Withybush's Special Care Baby Unit is to close.

After months of petitions, campaigning and protests by people in Pembrokeshire, the health minister announced today that SCBU is to go. Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb and Paul Davies AM have said it's a move that will put lives at risk.

Readers have been venting their anger on our Facebook page. Here are some of the things they have had to say:

CIARA LOUISE HARWOOD: “It’s disgusting.”

VICKY SHEIBLE: “Absolute disgrace”

KIM ROBERTS said: “Hope the people who have decided this can't sleep at night knowing innocent babies will die on there way to Carmarthen!”

CLAIRE PHILLIPS said: “And there you have it... say goodbye to Withybush Hospital because the cascade effect as a result of this decision will be catastrophic...it's a sad day for Pembrokeshire.”

SAMANTHA OSBORNE said: “Still watching it on Senedd.tv It's a total disgrace. The Health Minister say's paediatric's and A&E will continue as it is, consultants will remain in place until the midwife led unit is fully established and "matured", what about the pressure on the Air Ambulance? I don't believe a word of it. It's shocking!”

PETER ZAC SCAMMELL: “So people now have to travel at least 40 minutes to Carmarthen rather than Carmarthen travelling up to 20 minutes to Swansea. #WelshAssemblyLogic”

LISA ROBERTS: “Money before babies lives so wrong. How do they sleep at night?”

MARTIN THOMAS: “So when you have to get to Carmarthen in a emergency and there are no ambulances available, will the health authority pay your fines or worse case (which I hope never happens) pay for the funeral of the poor person who has passed away while trying to get there?”

KARA LEWIS said: “I take it public opinion counts for nothing then? So much for democracy!”

MICHELLE EVANS said: “How are parents on low incomes going to get back and forth and how will they get the emotional support from family members if they need the SCBU? It's disgusting.”

ZOE DAVIES said: “ Money, money, money all the time isn’t it! I honestly though lives were more important.”

SAMANTHA OTHEN: “That's absolutely awful. Carmarthen is just too far as the next hospital. This is risking lives of both mothers and their new babies!"

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4:35pm Tue 21 Jan 14

power71 says...

Silly idea & it will cost lives also all about money ? Mr Drakeford would not get my vote ! He should talk to local pembrokeshire people and not sit on his seat in the Sennedd ! Also what next scrap A&E in Withybush ? 3rd rate health care for Pembrokeshire
Silly idea & it will cost lives also all about money ? Mr Drakeford would not get my vote ! He should talk to local pembrokeshire people and not sit on his seat in the Sennedd ! Also what next scrap A&E in Withybush ? 3rd rate health care for Pembrokeshire power71
  • Score: 9

8:44pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Brian5 says...

Whatever became of democracy?
Whatever became of democracy? Brian5
  • Score: 7

9:06pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Taffman says...

Will they sort the A40 out from Haverfordwest to St Clears? 40 minutes on a good run, hit the tractors, lorries etc and it will be an Hour!
Will they sort the A40 out from Haverfordwest to St Clears? 40 minutes on a good run, hit the tractors, lorries etc and it will be an Hour! Taffman
  • Score: 8

10:17am Wed 22 Jan 14

Gary Aston says...

We live in a democracy? Obviously not!
The vast majority of people in Britain, let alone Wales, or even Pembrokeshire are against this.
Who would vote for a political party that are trying to close down & sell off the NHS &compromisie the lives of the people that make up our communities?
So why is this happening? They will tell us that they really don't want to close it, but there is not enough money to keep it open? Then try to divide people by saying that its because of too many people on benefits, or its because of illegal immigrants, draining the public purse. Or other divisive distractions.
Besides income tax, all the purchases we make are taxed. Their is more than enough money going in..... If you want to know what & who are draining the public purse? Try researching: Bankers bonuses / bail outs. Reserve banks. Corporate lobbying of Parliament. Fractional reserve lending. Off balance sheets transactions. This is relevant to the closure of Withybush & all the other cuts / closures of public services because its where our tax funds are really going to.
How long are people going to keep voting for politicians, when evidence & history proves that human lives, even those of innocent babies, are expendable as they repeatedly lie, cheat, declare wars, in an effort to divide & deceive us, while lining their own pockets & those of International banks & corporations? Then they have the nerve to award themselves an 11% pay rise. This is a Disgrace!
We live in a democracy? Obviously not! The vast majority of people in Britain, let alone Wales, or even Pembrokeshire are against this. Who would vote for a political party that are trying to close down & sell off the NHS &compromisie the lives of the people that make up our communities? So why is this happening? They will tell us that they really don't want to close it, but there is not enough money to keep it open? Then try to divide people by saying that its because of too many people on benefits, or its because of illegal immigrants, draining the public purse. Or other divisive distractions. Besides income tax, all the purchases we make are taxed. Their is more than enough money going in..... If you want to know what & who are draining the public purse? Try researching: Bankers bonuses / bail outs. Reserve banks. Corporate lobbying of Parliament. Fractional reserve lending. Off balance sheets transactions. This is relevant to the closure of Withybush & all the other cuts / closures of public services because its where our tax funds are really going to. How long are people going to keep voting for politicians, when evidence & history proves that human lives, even those of innocent babies, are expendable as they repeatedly lie, cheat, declare wars, in an effort to divide & deceive us, while lining their own pockets & those of International banks & corporations? Then they have the nerve to award themselves an 11% pay rise. This is a Disgrace! Gary Aston
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