Withybush Protest March 4th – at the Welsh Assembly

The first protest presentation was on 26th Jan 2014: BBC News – Protest over Withybush hospital special care … and is led by SWAT (Save Withybush action Team)

and then on 18th June 2014: Walesonline – Withybush hospital ‘downgrade’: More than 700 protest … and Protesters fighting the reduction of services at Withybush …was on BBC News (BBC News – Hundreds in Senedd protest at Withybush baby unit…)

The Western Telegraph reported 5th March 2014 Pembrokeshire protesters take fight to save Withybush … and now 12 months later there will be more presentation on March 4th. The Pembrokeshire Herald reports 20th Feb 2015: Withybush Ward 10 Petition demo at the Welsh Assembly. Details of how to attend and book seats on the bus are included.

There is a problem. We don’t have enough money to do everything. And the political representation is not aligned with the health decision making unit. Perhaps a more reasonable and rational debate might occur if we had just one MP and WAM co-terminus with the Hywel Dda Trust… NHSreality feels the correct and best decision would have been a new build 6 years ago (rejected by a media led society) and second best would be development at Withybush rather than nearer Swansea at Carmarthen as currently planned… This is rationing at the top level: bottom up there would not be any rationing!

Hywel Dda under pressure as doctor says ‘Glangwili will not cope’ once Withybush has been downgraded..

West Cornwall Penzance), Cromer and now Withybush. All become minor injury clinics…

Cancer Care in West Wales will be more distant….

Meltdown. Living with increased risk in Maternity, Paediatrics and Neonatal Health…. and in Ambulances

Dr Barnes is interviewed by BBC Wales 10th Feb 2015:

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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.

1 thought on “Withybush Protest March 4th – at the Welsh Assembly

  1. Pingback: Cancer doctor (Ann Barnes MBE) quits over understaffing at Withybush | NHS reality. An NHS soapbox. Speakers' corner for the NHS.

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