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.
The Pembrokeshire Herald February 6th prints the background information:
Top Cancer Doc Quits – Article scanned in 7th Feb 2015