Nia Griffith MP and Lee Waters AM have written to the Chief Executive of Hywel Dda seeking reassurance that people currently registered at Ash Grove Medical Practice will continue to have full access to a local GP, following news that its current Partners will be terminating their contract with the Health Board in August 2018.
Llanelli’s MP and AM have asked the Chief Executive to “set out in detail what plans the Health Board has to find a solution to the situation at Ash Grove Medical Centre that maintains a GP practice in this area and ensures that patients currently registered there will have continuing and undiminished access to GPs.”
In their letter to the Health Board, Ms Griffith and Mr Waters reference the “widespread public concern about GP provision in the local area” and point out that the threat of a potential reduction in these services would be “cause for significant alarm”. “We all need access to local GPs”, they wrote, “and we would expect the Health Board to do everything it can to ensure this can continue here”.
They also urged Hywel Dda to learn lessons from similar situations in the past in terms of communicating news to the public by giving people precise details and reassurance that they will be properly cared for, adding that “people must not be left in the dark on this”.