On the 15th of January 2013, AGAINST THE VALID VIEWS OF YOU, THE PUBLIC, who they are duty bound to serve, Hywel Dda Health Board announced THAT THEY WILL IMPLEMENT MANY OF THE PROPOSALS SET OUT IN THEIR ORIGINAL DOCUMENT. The Health Board has not deviated much from their original plans made in 2010 despite rational objections from the public and health professionals. They will continue to make all the changes in their 2010 document and we have to stop them now.
Most of us may not remember the suffering of the people of Pembrokeshire prior to the 1970s. The death march in 1970 demonstrated the will of the Pembrokeshire people to demand high quality essential secondary health care and they achieved this when Withybush opened in 1978.This situation has NOT changed and remains the same. However, this Health Board and NHS Wales feel that the changes proposed would suit 'the majority' of the population of West Wales (about 200,000 around Carmarthen).They are happy to leave the Pembrokeshire population (120,000) at higher risk and ultimately with a 3rd class secondary health care service locally and a lot of travelling East for many patients and their relatives. This is a serious issue considering that the population in the East has better access to and more choice of specialist services and secondary health care. Further, the proposed changes plan to move both Obstetrics, SCBU & General Paediatric services to Glangwili very soon. Hywel Dda Health Board has clearly stated that they cannot promise to maintain these services at Withybush Hospital.