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Health shake-up announced

A consultation has been launched on the future of some major health services in south and south-east Wales. They include A&E care, maternity, neo-natal and in-patient children's services. Health chiefs say the current system is 'unsustainable'.

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Conservatives condemn 'hacking back' of A&E

In response to the proposals for hospitals in South Wales which have just been announced, Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar says:

Hacking back the range of emergency services provided at some Welsh hospitals is not going to solve the on-going crisis in demand. Instead, these plans will heap further pressure on our over-stretched and underperforming ambulance service, and force patients to travel further for live-saving care.

It’s just weeks since the College of Emergency Medicine warned A and E departments are at the ‘point of meltdown’ and now is not the time to be slashing the life-saving services their hard-working staff provide.

While sensible service modernisation should be welcomed, any plans to downgrade emergency departments in south Wales should be abandoned.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health MInister

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