Cancer Care in West Wales will be more distant….

The retirement of Dr Anne Barnes from Withybush Hospital has led to a realisation that Pembrokeshire will not be able to recruit a replacement. Half of the UK population can expect a diagnosis of cancer (BMJ 2015;350:h614 ) and so half of the population of Pembrokeshire will have to travel to Swansea for treatment, unless it becomes home based. In a world of too few doctors, especially from poorer areas, the competition is for jobs in the leafy suburbs, and where there is good schooling. These areas that are, on the whole, affluent..  unlike Wales which faces a decade of austerity, and prolonged Waiting Times, leading to worse outcomes.

We should rage against the dying of Wales

The Pembrokeshire Herald February 6th prints the background information:

Top Cancer Doc Quits – Article scanned in 7th Feb 2015

Welsh Waiting Longer (1)

A decade_of_austerity_in Wales

Half of the UK population can expect a diagnosis of cancer (BMJ 2015;350:h614 )

What is National About the Health Services in the UK? NHSreality thought of 10 areas…





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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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