South Wales NHS: Plan to centralise services on five sites

Hywel Dda University Health Board does not seem to feature in this realignment, but the principal of specialisation improving outcomes is sound. The problem with Orthopaedics is that results are better from cold centres which avoid emergency admissions… Will West Wales suffer by being omitted?

BBC News reports 13th February 2014: South Wales NHS: Plan to centralise services on five sites

“Health boards across south Wales have are discussing whether to centralise key services into five hospitals.

It means services would be focused on the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Morriston Hospital in Swansea, a new hospital near Cwmbran, Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr and the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.

Some services would be downgraded at the Royal Glamorgan in Llantrisant.

The recommendation needs to be accepted by the five south Wales health boards.

The proposal involves centralising high level emergency care – A&E – and specialist care for mothers, newborn babies and children, at fewer hospitals.

Four suggested options all included retaining the services in hospitals in Cardiff and Swansea……”

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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