Hywel Dda Community Health Council chairman says public has been hoodwinked

First published in Milford Mercury news

Hywel Dda Health Board has confirmed that the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Withybush Hospital is to close with services shifted to Carmarthen, despite strong opposition from local campaigners.

The health board confirmed its plans to develop a complex obstetric unit, neonatal unit and high dependency paediatric unit at Glangwili Hospital at its extraordinary meeting this morning (Tuesday).

Withybush Hospital had been outlined as the alternative choice, but despite a strong response from local supporters in the health board's consultation, Glangwili emerged as the final choice.

In-patient paediatric services, stabilisation, resuscitation and consultant obstetric services will be retained at Withybush as part of the changes.

Community Health Council (CHC) Chairman Tony Wales called it a "disappointing day" for patients, the public and also for his organisation, which he said had been ignored.

He said he was disappointed that the recommendations had been approved and questioned the integrity of the entire consultation process, saying it appeared the public had been "hoodwinked."

In addition, Mr Wales reiterated concerns regarding the "lack of analysis, the absence of financial data and of future modelling to indicate as to how community services would be delivered."

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said he was "extremely angry" the local health board had not listened to the people of Pembrokeshire.

"Concerns have been voiced on a number of issues, most notably, the potential removal of the Special Care Baby Unit at Withybush hospital, where clinicians have told us how closing this unit could have a harmful effect on the families of unborn babies across Pembrokeshire.

"The decision to press ahead and establish a level two neonatal unit in Carmarthen is unacceptable – put simply, this will put lives and risk," he said.

Mr Davies said he hoped the local Community Health Council would object to the proposals and transfer the matter to the health minister for consideration.

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:04pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Tina2 says...

They make me want to vomit.
They make me want to vomit. Tina2
  • Score: 0

5:00pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Bluecollartory says...

http://bluecollartor
ies.wordpress.com/20
13/01/15/hywel-dda-h
ealth-board-downgrad
e-services/
http://bluecollartor ies.wordpress.com/20 13/01/15/hywel-dda-h ealth-board-downgrad e-services/ Bluecollartory
  • Score: 0

7:29pm Wed 16 Jan 13

William 1 says...

Any response from Stephen Crabb? I notice he was on BBC Wales news tonight, talking about sorting out TV reception in North Wales!
Any response from Stephen Crabb? I notice he was on BBC Wales news tonight, talking about sorting out TV reception in North Wales! William 1
  • Score: 0

10:10pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Honest Local says...

Tthis whole consultation was nothing more than a farce, a real joke, and the people of Pembrokeshire have been made to look like muppets by this Hywel Dada heath board - all fooled into filling in the questionnaires and going to the big meeting in Haverfordwest; clearly they never intended to listen to the people at all and Mr Pertwee and the chairman Tony Martin have got away with it - but I say fight on everyone - this blatant skulduggery cannot be acceptable !
Tthis whole consultation was nothing more than a farce, a real joke, and the people of Pembrokeshire have been made to look like muppets by this Hywel Dada heath board - all fooled into filling in the questionnaires and going to the big meeting in Haverfordwest; clearly they never intended to listen to the people at all and Mr Pertwee and the chairman Tony Martin have got away with it - but I say fight on everyone - this blatant skulduggery cannot be acceptable ! Honest Local
  • Score: 0

9:43am Thu 17 Jan 13

Rockface says...

In my experience, consultations are merely token. It's a ploy to hoodwink people into thinking they are participating in issues that are affecting them as well as justifying to the public that the people were involved in the decision making. The irritating issue here is that these decisions were on the cards from the start.
What a disgrace!
In my experience, consultations are merely token. It's a ploy to hoodwink people into thinking they are participating in issues that are affecting them as well as justifying to the public that the people were involved in the decision making. The irritating issue here is that these decisions were on the cards from the start. What a disgrace! Rockface
  • Score: 0

11:24am Thu 17 Jan 13

great gran says...

23yrs ago when I worked in the NHS the changes now taking place was already on the cards. The powers to be tell the public one thing and do the total opposite.
They set up smoke screens and tell us what we want to hear but just carry on regardless. They forget who put them in the places of power in the first place and it goes to their heads!
We have no more got the power to alter what is going on than a man living on the moon.
23yrs ago when I worked in the NHS the changes now taking place was already on the cards. The powers to be tell the public one thing and do the total opposite. They set up smoke screens and tell us what we want to hear but just carry on regardless. They forget who put them in the places of power in the first place and it goes to their heads! We have no more got the power to alter what is going on than a man living on the moon. great gran
  • Score: 0

4:36pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Tina2 says...

William 1 wrote:
Any response from Stephen Crabb? I notice he was on BBC Wales news tonight, talking about sorting out TV reception in North Wales!
Meanwhile ignoring what is going on down here.
[quote][p][bold]William 1[/bold] wrote: Any response from Stephen Crabb? I notice he was on BBC Wales news tonight, talking about sorting out TV reception in North Wales![/p][/quote]Meanwhile ignoring what is going on down here. Tina2
  • Score: 0

10:52am Fri 18 Jan 13

Honest Local says...

Well done Mr Wales for standing up to these faceless bureaucrats of the Hwlye Ddada LHB; who are these people making the decisions?. Will the Western Telegraph publish a 'who's who' of these LHB Board members, with photographs and details of their background and their qualifications. Let the public see for themselves the group of people who have sold Pembrokeshire down the river.

Great Gran you are so right - but let the people now stand up and take on this challenge - Mr Martine and Mr Pertwee think the job is done and dusted - let the people show there is still fight at this monstrous decision
Well done Mr Wales for standing up to these faceless bureaucrats of the Hwlye Ddada LHB; who are these people making the decisions?. Will the Western Telegraph publish a 'who's who' of these LHB Board members, with photographs and details of their background and their qualifications. Let the public see for themselves the group of people who have sold Pembrokeshire down the river. Great Gran you are so right - but let the people now stand up and take on this challenge - Mr Martine and Mr Pertwee think the job is done and dusted - let the people show there is still fight at this monstrous decision Honest Local
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree