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How many times does the Welsh NHS need reorganising?

October 4, 2013 10:10 PM

Campaigners across South Wales and Powys are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the South Wales Programme consultation on the reorganisations of some key hospital services across the area. The outcome was due this month but has been delayed until the end of the year because, health bosses say, of the overwhelming number of responses received.

In the meantime yet more rumours and speculation abound. Will the promised new hospital in Cwmbran, a key strand of all the options being considered, actually be built, and if it is then is it going to be fit for purpose given the rumours that it is too small to meet the needs of the region. Will this reorganisation actually solve the problems it sets out to solve?

Wales Online today carries an article entitled "South Wales NHS reorganisation latest: Row erupts over consultant hours."

Speaking to the Assembly's Health committee yesterday the Wales Deanery and National Clinical Forum suggested that further reconfiguration may be necessary in the coming years, even if a five-site model as was the overwhelming preference went ahead. They are suggesting that only four hospitals should be providing the critical care services under consideration.

They also suggested that even if the reorganisation goes ahead then there would still need to be significant progress made to supply consultants for even 16 hours a day, never mind the 24/7 care which has been talked about.

This can only lead to still further concern over the future of health services in RCT and indeed across Wales. It also casts further doubt on the information upon this whole consultation has been based. Time and again residents were assured that the proposals were being led by professionals, and dictated by clinical need, but if that is the case how come so much criticism has been levelled at the plans by those same professionals?