As readers know there is no NHS, and in Pembrokeshire citizens who pay their taxes have no GP Out of Hours Service/ Doctors on Call – in Pembrokeshire County …
If you are elderly, or have young children, it looks as if you will have to camp in Casualty, and even that is poorly staffed, incompletely covered, and failing. NHS 111 is an appalling service. Confidence is failing, and private care will have to step in when the demand for it occurs. If there are deaths this might be sooner rather than later.
For those who don’t know the area, the nearest (and also failing) DGH is 35 miles and many agricultural vehicle obstructions away, in Carmarthen. The situation is akin to the loss of services in Chester, except this is worse: it is access to emergency care rather than cold planned care that has been rationed out by successive administrations (of all colour).
The service in West Wales is now an official failure… but nobody is admitting their complicity in this disaster. The Post Code lottery is worse for distant and remote places. We are expecting a decision on a new hospital…
Hywel Dda University Health Board says they are continuing efforts to fill the shifts but expect the following disruptions:
- Withybush General Hospital – closed 12am to 8am on Sunday.
- Prince Philip Hospital – closed 2pm on Saturday until 8am on Sunday.
- Glangwili General Hospital – closed from 10:30pm on Saturday to 8am on Sunday.
Analysis by Health Reporter James Crichton-Smith:
The fact that Hywel Dda is struggling to fill its GP out of hours rota is not a new one.
Health boards across Wales regularly have gaps in GP out of hours cover and Hywel Dda has previously warned of a shortfall at weekends, like it has this afternoon.
The cause is a simple, and familiar, one. There simply aren’t enough GPs in Wales.
Efforts are ongoing to try and change this. The Welsh Government has its Train. Work. Live. campaign – and it has been getting results.
But training new GPs and attracting them to Wales takes time. The challenges are in the here and now.