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On the health ser­vice and air pol­lu­tion

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

MANY peo­ple con­tact me re­gard­ing their lo­cal health ser­vice.

I was able to raise a num­ber of is­sues when I re­cently met with bosses at Hy­wel Dda Univer­sity Health Board.

In Plaid Cymru’s re­sponse to the health board’s con­sul­ta­tion on clin­i­cal ser­vices we out­lined that no changes to hos­pi­tals could be made be­fore the com­mu­ni­ty­based fa­cil­i­ties were in place and as­sessed.

We called for in­te­gra­tion of health and so­cial care with joint work­ing be­tween the health board and the three lo­cal coun­cils in the area to pro­vide an in­te­grated com­mu­nity health and care pro­vi­sion.

We can build on what good prac­tice al­ready ex­ists, for ex­am­ple the Prince Philip Hos­pi­tal GP and nurse-led Mi­nor In­juries Unit.

The fa­cil­ity rou­tinely sees more than 100 pa­tients a day with low ad­mis­sion rates and an ex­cel­lent team ethos.

We have de­manded the Labour-led Welsh Gov­ern­ment guar­an­tees com­mu­nity beds and cap­i­tal in­vest­ment for the area.

Dirty air is quite lit­er­ally killing us, which is why we need to do some­thing about the is­sue.

Air pol­lu­tion con­trib­utes to about 2,000 deaths per year in Wales and has been de­scribed by Pub­lic Health Wales as an ur­gent pub­lic health cri­sis.

Children ex­posed to se­vere air pol­lu­tion are five times more likely to have poor lung de­vel­op­ment, and in­creased in­fec­tion sus­cep­ti­bil­ity this is why Plaid Cymru would give com­mu­ni­ties the free­dom to place pol­lu­tion mon­i­tor­ing equip­ment out­side of schools and hos­pi­tals. We are call­ing for a Clean Air Act for Wales.

Last week I quizzed the Welsh Gov­ern­ment on how lo­cal air qual­ity mea­sures, such as clean air zones, will be funded.

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