Public come out in force to support fight to save services at Withybush Hospital

10:44pm Thursday 21st November 2013

Emotions were running high as around 160 people met in Haverforwest tonight to find out what they could do to try and save services potentially under threat at Withybush Hospital.

A public meeting, organised by members of SWAT and the Save Essential Services Facebok group, heard personal stories from people fearful that midwife, obstetric, paediatric, special care and 24 hour A&E cover could be lost from Pembrokeshire's district general hospital in the near future.

The meeting was told that the option of judicial review was a step closer as a suitable candidate for legal aid had come forward and, although not confirmed yet, it was likely that an application for permission for a review could be made.

Hywel Dda Health Board maintains that no decisions have been made but there are significant concerns that a lack of non-trainee doctors in paediatrics will not be addressed resulting in a knock on effect on other services.

A vote of no confidence in the health board management was tabled by a member of the audience and was backed by a unanimous vote.

SWAT chairman Chris Overton urged people to write to the health board, health minister Mark Drakeford and the post graduate deanery to make clear that a loss of such essential services will result in 'no safe services for the people of Pembrokeshire'.

See the full story in next week's Western Telegraph.


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