Monday, 16 April 2012
Lynnette and 'Women's Things'
With all the recent cock-ups in women's and maternity services, I had hoped that my friend and colleague, Lynette Spragg, would have made some appropriate remarks, such as "I told you so....", and "Why don't you listen to the women for once ?" Unfortunately my friend has been rather unwell, so I am making an Interlude that will help to build up the heralding of her return to the keyboard. UHW has not fulfilled its' promises with regard to improving women's services, which is a bitter disappointment after the document "What Women Want" ( Ha, bloody Ha ! ). A baby is born brain damaged and dies, and all the Universally Inept Health Board can say is "Sorry", after an investigation showed deliberate negligence on the part of a midwife. I'm sure the parents and family of that poor baby will find little comfort in that word 'Sorry' - so inadequate and insincere as it undoubtedly was. Then, we read of a shortage of beds, with one expectant mum being sent to Taunton, all the way from Cardiff, because the Head of Maternity Services couldn't plan a P.... U. in a brewery, much less the care of an expectant mother in need of a bed ( or even a stable manger, for that matter ). What a complete mess has been made when 'planning' ( Ha bloody Ha ! ), the completely unnecessary relocation of these services from Llandough to a new, £14m ( min. ) unit at U.H.W.. With such incompetent planning, it is appropriate that the timing coincides with the 100th anniversary of that other planning masterpiece, The Titanic. Our NHS services may not sink, but they certainly are 'All at Sea'. Over to you, Llinos...... R.W.