Final Push For Swansea Trauma Centre

You can have you say until 5th February over the location of a new South Wales facility.

Swansea is being urged to get behind a campaign to bring a new Major Trauma Centre to Morriston Hospital.

We're up against Cardiff, which has been suggested as a better location by an independent panel.

We have until 5th February to have our say.

Plaid AM Dai Lloyd has claimed that the Labour Government in Wales is not interested in defending Morriston Hospital's status as a regional centre of medical excellence.

Dr. Lloyd said he tried to get the Welsh Government to commit to holding a debate in Government on the future of specialised services at the Senedd.

However, the Leader of the House, Labour's Julie James AM, allegedly refused to commit to the request.

A debate in Government time enables members of all parties to contribute, but importantly, enables them to put forward amendments, and vote upon them.

Dr. Lloyd stated:

"Let's be clear - the future of Morriston Hospital as a regional centre of excellence is under threat.

"The current consultation on developing a Major Trauma Centre in Cardiff instead of Morriston, coupled with the suggestion that Morriston's excellent Burns and Plastics Unit should also be moved to Cardiff, undermines Morriston's position as a regional centre of medical excellence

"There is also a review of Thoracic surgery in South Wales, which once again pits Morriston against the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

"Following on from losing neurosurgery and paediatric neurosurgery services at Morriston Hospital, people in South West Wales are understandably concerned at what appears to be yet more centralisation of key health services in Cardiff.

"We know that previous UK-wide reviews of certain specialties, such as Paediatric cardiac surgery, have seen services which were based in Swansea, lost to Cardiff and were then subsequently lost to Bristol. The reason for this was that Cardiff and Bristol were deemed to be too close together geographically. We must mitigate the risk of this type of domino effect."

Dr. Lloyd stated that he was particularly disappointed that Swansea West's AM Julie James, had not agreed to bring forward a debate on this important issue, particularly as many of her constituents will be affected by any loss of services at Morriston Hospital.

He added:

"I had hoped that as the Leader of the House is a Swansea-based AM that she would have been sympathetic to my calls for a debate at the National Assembly around this very important area of specialist healthcare in South Wales.

"It appears that the Labour Government here in Wales is not interested in defending Morriston Hospital's status as a regional centre of medical excellence.

"We know that Morriston is better located geographically to deliver specialist services given its central location for South, Mid and West Wales, yet unelected Health Board officials are bringing in changes to health services which are being made in the absence of political direction. 

"These issues are hugely important and should be debated by elected representatives. The NHS in Wales needs political leadership and direction, and this is why it is so disappointing that the Labour Government in Wales, failed to agree to my request for a debate on the matter."

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