Hos­pi­tal’s fu­ture agreed but MP wary of uncer­tainty

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

con­fir­ma­tion that acute med­i­cal care will con­tinue in Llanelli, the town’s AM says there is still a deal of uncer­tainty over the re­gion’s health­care.

Hy­wel Dda Univer­sity Health Board’s strat­egy – dubbed ‘A Health­ier Mid and West Wales’ was ap­proved last week.

The over­haul would see ser­vices main­tained at Prince Philip Hos­pi­tal while Glang­wili in Car­marthen and Withy­bush in Pem­brokeshire would both lose ser­vices and be ‘re­pur­posed’ as part of the shake-up.

The board’s de­ci­sion fol­lowed a con­sul­ta­tion on three op­tions for the fu­ture pro­vi­sion of health­care in Car­marthen­shire, Pem­brokeshire and Ceredi­gion.

Llanelli MP Nia Grif­fith said she was happy Llanelli’s hos­pi­tal would main­tain its sta­tus.

She said: “I am pleased that we have had con­fir­ma­tion from Hy­wel Dda Health Board that acute med­i­cal care and the mi­nor in­juries unit will be stay­ing at Prince Philip Hos­pi­tal, which will con­tinue to be a gen­eral hos­pi­tal. How­ever, with the health board press­ing ahead with a new su­per hos­pi­tal in Whit­land and planned down­grades at Glang­wili and Withy­bush hos­pi­tals, there is still much uncer­tainty about the fu­ture of planned and spe­cial­ist care. Lee Wa­ters AM and I will keep a close eye on any de­vel­op­ments and con­tinue to hold the Health Board to ac­count on their prom­ises.”

In re­sponse to the pub­li­ca­tion of the board’s 52-page doc­u­ment on the fu­ture of clin­i­cal care for the next 20 years, Plaid coun­cil­lors in Car­marthen­shire have ar­gued a fully-in­te­grat­ing pri­mary health and so­cial care un­der one line of man­age­ment, in or­der to slash highly-ex­pen­sive du­pli­ca­tion at man­age­rial level, must be a pri­or­ity.

They claim that would negate the need for a new hos­pi­tal and help en­sure Glang­wili’s fu­ture as an acute care hos­pi­tal.

“Although the health board talks of work­ing closer with the lo­cal coun­cils, who pro­vide so­cial care of course, they have a poor track record of do­ing so to date,” said coun­cil­lor Gareth John.

“There is un­nec­es­sary and highly-ex­pen­sive man­age­rial du­pli­ca­tion. Front-line staff are not hav­ing the in­te­grated sup­port they should get and as a re­sult the el­derly, the vul­ner­a­ble and those in need in our com­mu­ni­ties are be­ing short changed.

“Hy­wel Dda Health Board is in a chronic state.

“Its dig­i­tal sys­tems are years out of date and many fa­cil­i­ties are poor.

“It has a huge prob­lem fill­ing its staffing ro­tas, which puts ex­tra pres­sure on al­ready fully-stretched front-line staff in hos­pi­tal wards and clin­ics.”

Dr Phil Kloer, med­i­cal di­rec­tor of clin­i­cal strat­egy for Hy­wel Dda, said: “We are fully com­mit­ted to the in­te­gra­tion of health and so­cial care to im­prove the health and well­be­ing of our com­mu­ni­ties, as set out in our strat­egy which was ap­proved by our Board on Thurs­day.

“In­deed we are al­ready work­ing very closely with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Car­marthen­shire, Ceredi­gion and Pem­brokeshire to trans­form and in­te­grate care as part of the West Wales Re­gional Part­ner­ship Board.

“There are many dif­fer­ent ways to de­liver in­te­grated ser­vice pro­vi­sion, and as a re­gion we are com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing pre­ven­ta­tive ser­vices and early in­ter­ven­tion in the most ef­fec­tive way pos­si­ble for each pop­u­la­tion.

“How­ever the chal­lenges we have in pro­vid­ing hos­pi­tal-based care can­not be solved by in­te­gra­tion alone.”

Pic­ture: Robert Me­len

Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hos­pi­tal.

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