Gathering signatures: Cllr John Prosser

A petition containing thousands of signatures calling for the Hywel Dda Health Board to save services at Prince Philip Hospital is to be handed in at the Senedd this Thursday, (Sep 13). The SOSPPAN group collected thousands of signatures over recent months via stalls set up in and around Llanelli.

Cllr John Prosser of SOSPPAN told Llanelli Online, “We have a pre arranged meeting with the petitions committee representative and the petition will be handed in on Thursday.

“We have not handed the petition in to Hywel Dda because they would consider the petition as one consultation response n matter how many signatures were on there. We never had any intention of handing it to the Health Board. We have far more chance of being heard via the Welsh Assembly Petitions Committee.

“Some people are being driven by political points scoring in Llanelli and there is a lot of mis information being bandied around. The Town Council have nothing to do with SOSPPAN. There are some bitter people around. They come out with all sorts of things.

Emotive issue: People attending the consultation meeting in Llanelli

“The plan has always been to hand in the petition to Welsh Government. We have had a long arranged meeting and we will be meeting on the steps of the Senedd at 11am. We will also be meeting with Vaughan Gething at some point in the near future.

Decision Maker: Vaughan Gething AM

“We have complained about the lack of paper consultation forms. I believe that there have been around 5,000 plus responses to the consultation and the majority of those were on paper. They wanted people to do it online but I don’t think that worked. The number of responses were restricted because we were only given 1,000 forms at a time.

Setting out their vision: Staff from Prince Philip and Hywel Dda University Health Board

“The petition may have a lot of sway as it shows the strength of feeling in Llanelli. SOSPPAN has been through this before. We always knew from day one that the petition was really important. It is better to show the Ministers in Cardiff that this is the feeling in Llanelli.”

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