William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat for Mid and West Wales, has called on the Health Minister to ensure that any reorganisation of health services in West Wales are fully integrated with improvements to transport and infrastructure so that patients are not left with services which they are unable to access.
William Powell AM said:
“West Wales has historically lost out when it comes to improving transport links and infrastructure. If the Welsh Government continue to pursue their potentially damaging policies to centralise health services away from communities, it is essential that they take full account of the need to travel and the decades of under investment in our rural highways which increase travel times. This is particularly relevant in the area of cardiac care.’’
“We continually hear about the importance of the Golden Hour when it comes to health services. It is critical that the Welsh Government does not loose sight of its importance.”
Dr. William Roberts, spokesperson for the aBer Group, supported William Powell’s concerns by stating that:
"I think that William Powell is spot on in what he is saying, and I hope that the findings of the Mid Wales Health Review will confirm the pressing case for Mid Wales health needs to be met in Mid Wales with full district hospital services centred at Bronglais."