Politicians should make the decisions about populations and their health. Doctors, apart from public health specialists, should “put their patient at the centre of their concern”. So when the BBC publishes 3rd Feb 2020: Royal Glamorgan: First minister criticises politicians on A&E plans they are never questioning Mark Drakeford’s comment:
“It is for doctors, not politicians, to decide the future of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital’s A&E department, Labour First Minister Mark Drakeford has said”.
This downgrading and closing of hospitals is driven by staff shortages. Its the same in Haverfordwest, Blackpool, Scarborough and all the peripheral and deprived areas without a teaching hospital and tertiary care. Mr Drakeford has relatively little power over the short term supply of doctors, but he could initiate the virtual medical school, and allow far more people to train. And that gives a long term solution. Meanwhile its going to get worse.. and worse.