Politicians' anger over renal unit delay

ANGRY: Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies, pictured outside Withybush Hospital, said the delay in opening the new renal unit was totally unacceptable.  (8664768)

ANGRY: Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies, pictured outside Withybush Hospital, said the delay in opening the new renal unit was totally unacceptable. (8664768)

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Politicians from across the political divide have voiced their disappointment that Pembrokeshire dialysis patients will have to wait until at least September before they can receive their treatment at Withybush Hospital's new renal unit.

As reported in last week's Western Telegraph, the original contract to run the £7.8 million unit, which was completed in April, has had to be re-tendered due to legal complications.

Mid and West Assembly Member, Simon Thomas, who last month tabled a question to Health Minister Mark Drakeford on when the unit would be operational, said that patients in Pembrokeshire had been waiting "far too long" for this important unit:

"It is disappointing to see this delay in the opening of the new renal unit," he said. "I will be keeping a track on the timetable."

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies also fiercely criticised the delay:

"I am angry at these continuing delays in the opening of this facility," he said. "To have the building lying empty for at least six months and possibly more is totally unacceptable.

"I have had a number of constituents contact me to express their anger that they have to continue travelling to Carmarthen for their dialysis, sometimes leaving Pembrokeshire very early in the morning, literally passing the door of the empty building.

"I have now written to the minister to highlight this continuing shambles and to ask him to take the necessary action to allow this unit to finally open. I have also asked the minister to carry out a thorough review into what has gone so badly wrong with this tendering process so that lessons can be learnt for future projects."

According to the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee a preferred bidder to run the renal unit will be submitted to Welsh Government for ministerial approval by the end of this week. The contract should be awarded in the second half of August and the renal unit operational between four and 12 weeks after that.

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4:04pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Cymru bach says...

Politicians are just trying to play politics by blaming the other parties or trying to hold them responsible but the real cause is the privatisation of the health service by getting private companies to 'run' (and I use the term loosely) services. These private companies are really only interested in making a profit out of the service and to me, profit and the NHS do not go hand in hand.
All services in the NHS should be provided by the NHS and run by NHS doctors and nurses.
Will ANY of the politicians stand up and say that?
Politicians are just trying to play politics by blaming the other parties or trying to hold them responsible but the real cause is the privatisation of the health service by getting private companies to 'run' (and I use the term loosely) services. These private companies are really only interested in making a profit out of the service and to me, profit and the NHS do not go hand in hand. All services in the NHS should be provided by the NHS and run by NHS doctors and nurses. Will ANY of the politicians stand up and say that? Cymru bach
  • Score: 3

4:51pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Bead says...

What with one thing and another, Mark Drakeford's tenure as Health Minister has been a bit of an ocean-going disaster for Pembrokeshire. Get a grip, or get out and let someone else do the job properly!
What with one thing and another, Mark Drakeford's tenure as Health Minister has been a bit of an ocean-going disaster for Pembrokeshire. Get a grip, or get out and let someone else do the job properly! Bead
  • Score: 8

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