Call for board to move on cancer services

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Councillor Simon Hancock has called for Hywel Dda University Health Board to imminently take action over Withybush Hospital's cancer care services.

Ward 10 and the cancer care day unit hit the headlines again recently, as charity fund raiser Chris Evans Thomas expressed her frustration that hundreds of thousands of pounds raised in the name of her late son Adam, who died of leukaemia in 2004, had not been used to fulfil his dying wish to improve facilities at Withybush Hospital.

As the board discussed a report from the charitable funds committee, Cllr Hancock said:

"It's important for this board to regain public trust. The Chemotherapy Day Unit and Ward 10 are not just the elephants in the room, they are a whole herd of elephants in the room. We must set up a task and finish group and deliver on it."

Talking about a recent walk about on Ward 10, Cllr Hancock added:

"The staff there are heroic but they are falling over themselves. Let's get this going."

Margaret Rees-Hughes, board member for community concurred, saying:

"I think we are all saying the same thing, we need to move forward." She added that another meeting on the issue was scheduled for August 4th.

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5:37pm Fri 25 Jul 14

teifion says...

Sorry If I'm repeating myself BUT the Welsh NHS do not finance 24 life saving cancer drugs (at least) that are freely available in England - It just shows how badly we have fallen behind the national average despite as they claim they spent MORE per "customer" than England - the money is wasted on loads more trusts than England, an extra tier of management and they're just a flippin' shambles.
The folks at the rock face do a great job but something is seriously wrong!
Sorry If I'm repeating myself BUT the Welsh NHS do not finance 24 life saving cancer drugs (at least) that are freely available in England - It just shows how badly we have fallen behind the national average despite as they claim they spent MORE per "customer" than England - the money is wasted on loads more trusts than England, an extra tier of management and they're just a flippin' shambles. The folks at the rock face do a great job but something is seriously wrong! teifion
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