SWAT hands over health service "solution"
9:00am Saturday 16th June 2012 in News
Save Withybush Action Team (SWAT) members have met with Health Minister Lesley Griffiths and presented her with a plan for the future of services at Withybush Hospital and across Wales.
Chairman Dr Chris Overton created the ‘SWAT Sensible Solution for Secondary Healthcare Provision in Wales’ to stimulate debate about where hospitals should be and what care the people of Wales should expect.
It outlines a plan for full A&E cover across the country with only seven hospitals.
“SWAT still believes that a way should be found to maintain all the current rural secondary care services as a reduction in the number and sites of our present configuration would have a significant impact on mortality rates generally,” concludes the report.
Mrs Griffiths contacted Hywel Dda chief executive Trevor Purt following the meeting and Dr Overton was sent a copy of the correspondence.
Mrs Griffiths explained that concerns had been outlined to her and said she had been surprised to hear SWAT clinicians report that they had not been specifically consulted in these roles during the listening and engagement exercise.
Meanwhile SWAT has organised a demonstration to take place at the Senedd later this month and is hoping that residents from across the county will take part.
Coaches will be leaving Withybush on June 27th.
The trip is free (a packed lunch will be needed) and leaves at 10am.
It is expected to be at the Senedd for around two hours and will return to Haverfordwest by 5pm.
Children, babies, pushchairs and wheelchairs are welcome.
Anyone who wishes to attend should call 02921 251616 and leave your name and contact details or register via email at www.