Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Ceredigion, Mark Williams, has reiterated his call to retain cardiology services in Bronglais Hospital. This comes particularly following the Royal College of Physicians review into the provision of cardiology services in the Hywel Dda Health Board area.
Particularly worrying are the assumptions made in the Report about how far people in Ceredigion would have to travel to receive treatment if cardiology services were centralised in Glangwili Hospital. In particular the 50 mile journey to Glangwili from Aberystwyth, 68 miles from Machynlleth, 80 mils from Tywyn, and 80 miles from Llanidloes, often over difficult roads, which could very well result in patient deaths.
Commenting, Mark Williams MP said:
‘Having raised the issue of travel distances for patients with the Health Minister directly, I have been concerned by his responses, which show a lack of consideration for residents of mid-Wales and the transport provision in the area. For him to suggest patients can use public transport shows a complete lack of understanding.’
The Report also shows that with a catchment are of 85,000 we should be entitled to one and a half full time resident Cardiologists at Bronglias, and not the fifth, or one day a week, that the Report suggests.