Hospital Plans are approved by health council
The unpopular proposed changes to hospital services, announced in The South Wales Programme nearly two years ago, have finally been approved by the Cwm Taf health council. These highly controversial changes to our hospital services were put to consultation in late 2012. We criticised these changes, stating that the consultation would be completely bogus and that the plans would be implemented even before the final decision was taken. Over 60% of the general public objected to all these changes, which was always a fait accompli to patients throughout Wales, regardless of their massive response, their genuine concerns, and the impact on each area affected by the changes.
Now, after the announcement was made, the public outrage has been deafening to all but our corrupt government and their NHS poodle. In the history of all the bogus consultations, conducted by the health boards, ALL have been approved against the wishes of the people. However, this latest act of treachery has set a new precedent, even for our incompetent, uncaring Labour government - this being the inevitable result of 15 years of increasing autocracy in Wales, permitted by weak, ineffective opposition of the other parties. No sooner than health and education were devolved, all hope of democratic government was lost simply because The Welsh traitor government could no longer be over-ruled by Parliament in Westminster.
Now, we must all prepare ourselves for the deadly affect that ten years of cost-cutting rationalisation and centralisation have inflicted on OUR ( much reduced ) HEALTH SERVICE. Access to our A&E, Neo-natal and paediatric services will be logistically difficult because of the distances that patients and their families will have to travel. Combine this fact with the distances that will have to be covered by the emergency services, and mortality rates are bound to rise exponentially due to the stupidity of these ill-thought-out changes. We are said to be left with 5 A&E departments, even though this number includes the highly doubtful new hospital at Cwmbran which – as with other recent capital projects – will be farmed out to a private, profit-making developer. Whatever the decision, we have to suffer years with only four A&E units that cannot possibly fulfil the needs of our ever-increasing population.
The only hope for the future healthcare of our children and the elderly is that this evil Labour government will be voted out at the next assembly elections. The dissatisfaction of all Welsh people will be greater even than the recent UKIP tsunami, and we all must hope that a new, equitable form of government will be formed. R. W.