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William Powell AM called for Welsh Government response to Shropshire NHS reconfiguration

September 26, 2013 9:35 AM

ChamberWilliam Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Regional Member for Mid and West Wales, has called on the Welsh Government and the Minister for Health and Social Services, Mark Drakeford AM, to be alert to Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust's emerging reconfiguration proposals, due to their potentially damaging impact on Powys patients

William Powell AM, said:

"The changes that are being mooted in Shropshire - both with regard to A&E and acute stroke services - have the potential to impact severely on the people of North Powys. It is essential, therefore, that the Welsh Government engages fully with the English NHS - and does so at the highest level.

"To that end I have today called on the Health Minister and Welsh Government to make a statement on the proposals in the National Assembly for Wales as soon as possible.

"Many people in Powys rely on cross-border services for geographic and historic reasons, further exacerbated by Welsh Government's cuts to the Health Service here in Wales. I am particularly concerned about the impact the proposals will have on ambulance response times and the distance people will need to travel to get the care they require and are entitled to."

Cllr Joy Jones, Newtown East, added:

"I am very pleased that William Powell AM has ask the Minister for Health to respond to the problems we have in Montgomeryshire to get easy access to a general hospital.

"We became aware that the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS health trust had moved the acute stroke services from the RSH to the Telford hospital due to staffing problem.

"This will have a serious affect on people living here as it will make it imposable to be seen within the 'golden hour' after a stroke. This lessens peoples chances of a completely recovery without ongoing problems.

"We have also been made aware that there could be changes to A & E services. In response the people of Montgomeryshire and Shropshire have been signing a petition to ask that all A&E and stroke services, including acute, be kept in Shrewsbury hospital - which is central to the area the trust covers."

"The online and paper petition now stands at over 11,000 signatures in approximately 5 weeks. This just goes to show the concerns of the people living in region."