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Llanelli Star - - Letters -

WITH Hy­wel Dda Health Board meet­ing at the end of the month to con­sider the fu­ture of West Wales’s hospi­tal ser­vices, Lee Wa­ters AM and I are con­tin­u­ing the fight to keep a proper gen­eral hospi­tal here in Llanelli.

We have writ­ten a joint let­ter to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hy­wel Dda, ham­mer­ing home the point that the re­sults of their own con­sul­ta­tion show that peo­ple in Car­marthen­shire, as well as NHS staff from right across the health board, vig­or­ously op­pose a down­grade of Prince Philip Hospi­tal.

Over 5,000 peo­ple took the trou­ble to com­plete their con­sul­ta­tion ques­tion­naire, so the health board must now lis­ten to them and rule out this ap­palling op­tion. Llanelli has the largest pop­u­la­tion of any town in the Hy­wel Dda area, and down­grad­ing Prince Philip Hospi­tal should never have been pro­posed in the first place. The re­al­ity is that we need to see more ser­vices de­liv­ered here, not fewer.

The con­sul­ta­tion re­sults are also clear about the im­pact that re­lo­cat­ing ser­vices from Prince Philip to a pro­posed new hospi­tal near Whit­land would have on neigh­bour­ing ar­eas.

The re­sult would be more and more peo­ple from Llanelli trav­el­ling to Mor­ris­ton Hospi­tal to get the treat­ment they need, vastly in­creas­ing pres­sure on Swansea’s health board (ABMU). This was some­thing I and many oth­ers raised dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion process, and Hy­wel Dda needs to recog­nise this. I re­cently spoke to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of ABMU to raise these con­cerns and make the case for the best pos­si­ble col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween our two health boards.

So the ev­i­dence is clear: peo­ple want to keep a proper gen­eral hospi­tal in Llanelli. Lee and I will con­tinue to fight for this and keep up pres­sure on the health board to make the right de­ci­sion.

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