Concern hospital services are 'being eroded by stealth'

Western Telegraph: Withybush Hospital Withybush Hospital

ASSURANCES are being sought that Withybush Hospital and its services are not being 'eroded by stealth'.

Twenty-six county councillors have submitted a notice of motion calling for Pembrokeshire County Council to seek assurances to that effect from the Welsh Government.

The move comes after a recent report by the Royal College of Physicians called for the establishment of a specialist cardiac 'hub' at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, meaning services at Withybush in Haverfordwest could be reduced.

It is the latest in a long line of concerns about the loss of various services at the hospital, including the special care baby unit, obstetrics and overnight paediatric in-patient care, and the impact on other areas such as A&E.

The councillors' motion states: "This council considers the implications of the recent report by the Royal College of Physicians... as further evidence that the need to strengthen services at Withybush is being ignored, and requests that the Welsh Government provides urgent assurance that health services in Pembrokeshire are not being eroded by stealth."

In its review, the Royal College examined services at Withybush, Glangwili, Bronglais in Aberystwyth and Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli.

It found that 'more efficient working practices and a better standard of care with the probability of improved outcomes and better patient experience' could be achieved from the use of a 'hub and spoke' model with Glangwili as the hub.

In a report to councillors ahead of Thursday's extraordinary meeting of the full council, when the notice of motion will be discussed, Pembrokeshire County Council assistant chief executive Ben Pykett, said the recommendations arising from the review 'appear to be consistent' with proposals relating to other services offered by Hywel Dda University Health Board.

"In a number of instances, the apparent difficulty of delivering a consistent services across several hospital sites has been cited as the driver for service consolidation at a single point," he said.

"Members should not that, at the time the media reports were issued, the health board confirmed that no decisions had been made in relation to the recommendations arising from the review, and that the review had not identified any parts of the service that were, at that time, unsafe."

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1:05pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Gogledd says...

of course its eroding our services by stealth. By the way the WG have enough money to create a racing circuit in the Cardiff area which is going to cost 280 million to come out of public money. And Conygar the developer behind the Sainsburys project and Fishguard Waterfront Development, Pembroke Dock and Holyhead... have openly said in their new prospectus that they will be looking for funding from the WG through the EU...so theres the money there to completely waste on Supermarkets and Boats to line the pockets but no money for our essential services. Shame on the WG this is a disgrace
of course its eroding our services by stealth. By the way the WG have enough money to create a racing circuit in the Cardiff area which is going to cost 280 million to come out of public money. And Conygar the developer behind the Sainsburys project and Fishguard Waterfront Development, Pembroke Dock and Holyhead... have openly said in their new prospectus that they will be looking for funding from the WG through the EU...so theres the money there to completely waste on Supermarkets and Boats to line the pockets but no money for our essential services. Shame on the WG this is a disgrace Gogledd
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6:51pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Harrygrayballs says...

Which one do you believe Hywel Dda or ..............
PCC.................
......
Tricky one!!!!!!!!!!!!
Which one do you believe Hywel Dda or .............. PCC................. ...... Tricky one!!!!!!!!!!!! Harrygrayballs
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8:27pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Gogledd says...

Harrygrayballs wrote:
Which one do you believe Hywel Dda or ..............
PCC.................

......
Tricky one!!!!!!!!!!!!
I dont believe eiher of them...but in particular Hywel Dda. Talking to friends today and discussing life the universe n all that...we were talking the collosal waste of money...all money, it just seems that so much is spent on projects that are pie in the sky great white elephants. One guy on the BEEb this morning was saying about HS2...and yes infrastructure is important...its my big **** about the lack of it here in N Pembs ie the A40 but there are more important things to spend money on too. We are supposed to be in a period of austerity...well, then, dont throw good money after bad. We desperately need our health services here...you cant trust people to look after you and feed u in hospital these days...how can u go daily from here to Carmarthen if you are old visiting elderly relatives let alone trek to Cardiff. The cut backs I squarely blame the Welsh Govt.
[quote][p][bold]Harrygrayballs[/bold] wrote: Which one do you believe Hywel Dda or .............. PCC................. ...... Tricky one!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]I dont believe eiher of them...but in particular Hywel Dda. Talking to friends today and discussing life the universe n all that...we were talking the collosal waste of money...all money, it just seems that so much is spent on projects that are pie in the sky great white elephants. One guy on the BEEb this morning was saying about HS2...and yes infrastructure is important...its my big **** about the lack of it here in N Pembs ie the A40 but there are more important things to spend money on too. We are supposed to be in a period of austerity...well, then, dont throw good money after bad. We desperately need our health services here...you cant trust people to look after you and feed u in hospital these days...how can u go daily from here to Carmarthen if you are old visiting elderly relatives let alone trek to Cardiff. The cut backs I squarely blame the Welsh Govt. Gogledd
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