NHS in ‘meltdown’ in Hywel Dda Board area, says Elin Jones
12:01pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
ELIN Jones, Ceredigion’s AM and Plaid Cymru shadow health minister, has expressed alarm at the latest developments at Hywel Dda Health Board. Today (21 October 2013) it was announced that all non-urgent orthapaedic surgery was being cancelled at Aberystwyth, Haverfordwest and Llanelli as the Board seeks to balance its books and deal with recruitment problems.
The latest Health Board announcement follows last week’s news of bed closures in Bronglais’s Ceredig ward.
Local Plaid Cymru AM Elin Jones said,
“It seems that not a week goes by without an alarming announcement from Hywel Dda Health Board. The management of the health service in west Wales is approaching meltdown. The sudden cancellation of all elective orthopaedic surgery outside Carmarthen, on top of the bed closures last week at Bronglais and persistent rumours of the run-down of services elsewhere, is undermining the confidence of people in Ceredigion and across west Wales.
“That there would be pressure on services during the winter could not have come as a shock to health service managers, so that that is used as an excuse for keeping orthopaedic patients waiting – many of whom have already been waiting for months – is unacceptable. This moratorium on elective surgery will also be highly wasteful of staff resources.
“This chaos reaffirms the need for a wide-ranging audit and review into the sustainability of services at Hywel Dda Health Board. I believe that there should be a full and thorough investigation by the Wales Audit Office and Health Inspectorate Wales into the safety and sustainability of services in the Hywel Dda area, similar to the one conducted earlier this year in north Wales.”