Listen to us or ‘kids will die’

The Pembrokeshire Herald reports 27th June 2014: Listen to us or ‘kids will die’

The title is true. Until improved transport links are funded and then provided, more will die than is necessary.. This however does not mean that the Hywel Dda decision is wrong: it might still be the best utilitarian decision  for the people of all the area, with the least harm for the most people given the financial constraints and the “rules of the game” from the WG.

THE SAVE WITHYBUSH ACTION TEAM (SWAT) descended on Cardiff in full force this week in the continued campaign to save our fantastic local hospital.

Ten coaches and over a 1000 people arrived at the Senedd in our capital city on a gloriously sun drenched summer’s day. The desperate fight to keep essential services and funding at Withybush Hospital has been further accentuated after figures last week from The Nuffield Trust predicted demand on the NHS will outstrip the money it receives by 2025, and that the NHS in Wales is facing a £2.5bn funding gap over the next 10 years. In the short term, the Nuffield Trust said the NHS faced a challenging funding gap of £200 million in just the next two years.

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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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