In the Western Telegraph 10th December 2015 Mr Drakeford comments on Hywel Dda Trust’s decision to invest and concentrate services in Carmarthen:
This was a banal and sanitised Drakeford interview which shames the local press.
Some of the questions that most doctors,and NHSreality would like to have seen/heard asked:
- Does the Welsh Assembly realise that wherever services are concentrated, lives will be lost without better roads and transport times? what does he intend to do and within what timescale?
2. Carmarthen is only 20 minutes from Morriston, with fast roads and a lower population, particularly in the summer, than Pembrokeshire. What arguments are there that make Carmarthen the centre as against a more Western location?
3. From the strategic planning point of view, do you feel the Welsh Health service is “patient centred”? Please expand from the viewpoint of Pembrokeshire residents..
4. Do you feel, using a retrospectoscope, that the area would have been better served by a new hospital in West Wales as debated and rejected some 7 years ago?
5. How do you feel Wales, and West Wales in particular, could attract and train more doctors and nurses to stay in the Region?
6. Why do we have such a high percentage of overseas trained doctors when, for as long as records are available, 6 applicants are rejected for every place offered at Medical School?
7. The BMA has published it’s response to your “Green” paper. Have you read it? If so, what is your reaction?
8. Do you believe that from a patient’s perspective, health care provision is subject to rationing?
9(a). If yes – why not make it overt?
9(b). If no – do you feel the language denial used is helping the doctors and nurse to engage and support government strategy?
10. Do you feel the co-payments for dentistry, eyes (and prescriptions in England) should be increased and extended? If not how do you see inequalities reducing when access and high tech solutions are so limited in Wales that those who can will pay for them?