Comment on today's health board announcement.

Assembly Member Angela Burns has reacted with concern and a degree of despair following the announcement of the findings of the public consultation into West Wales Health Services.

Following today’s announcement by HDUHB that Option B is their preferred option, Angela has questioned how much impact the public consultation actually had on the boards decision.

Commenting Angela said

“I’ve read the recommendations and listened to much of the discussions in the extraordinary board meeting today.

“I understand some of the lofty intent but how can you predicate an entire direction of travel on a number of assumptions that are untested?

“HDUHB want to downgrade Glangwili and Withybush on the grounds of having a new hospital for urgent care but there is no money, no location agreed and no timescale.  People would have made a decision based on the consultation suggesting the Whitland area, but what if it ends up in Carmarthen rather than Narberth or Whitland?

“Welsh Government have repeatedly said they have not had discussions with HDUHB as to the funding of a new hospital. We need to remember that this is a health board that is consistently running in deficit.

“I remain concerned that no timescale for the new build exists. We are already talking about changing services and recognise that agile services may have to be moved eastward.

“Are we to see downgrading before a new hospital? How long will this uncertainty last?”