THE Save Our Services at Prince Philip Hospital Action Network group (SOSPPAN) were out in force in Llanelli today, Friday (Apr 27) and they had the support of Llanelli’s AM Lee Waters and Llanelli’s MP Nia Griffith who were on hand to chat to residents and gather signatures for a petition to save services at the Prince Philip Hospital.
Under new proposals from the Hywel Dda University Health Board Llanelli could see its hospital downgraded to a community hospital with the loss of some services as a result.
The stall on the Stepney Precinct was extremely busy with young and old stopping by to sign the petition. Prince Philip Hospital is undoubtedly an emotive subject of discussion in Llanelli.
The public have been presented with a number of proposals for health services by the Hywel Dda Health Board who maintain that this has come about as the result of a full consultation process and a desperate need for change to an antiquated health service provision.
The people we spoke to who were signing the petition were unaware of the details of the proposals and many said that they had not taken part in the consultation process.
Both Nia Griffith MP and Lee Waters AM maintain that the consultation process has not been adequately circulated. Nia Griffith said that she was appalled that having asked for copies of the consultation documents to hand out to the people of Llanelli today, none had arrived.
She said: “It is not always easy for people to go online. We were promised that these would be ready by yesterday so that we could have had copies here for those people who didn’t want go online instead it seems it may be mid morning today. I very much hope they will be here because then we can give them out and people can read what is involved. That is what the Health Board has asked us to do.”
You can watch our filmed interview with the politicians here: