Plaid Cymru’s candidate for MP for Llanelli has welcomed the news that Burry Port will continue to have a GP surgery but she has criticised Labour’s lack of planning for the health service. Commenting on Hywel Dda Health Board’s announcement that many of Harbour View Surgery’s patients will be relocated to Meddygfa Tywyn Bach, Plaid Cymru Llanelli candidate Mari Arthur said:
“This is good news for patients in Burry Port that will be able to transfer to Meddygfa Tywyn Bach.
“What is clear is that the Labour government needs to plan its health services far better.
“The Labour government has a duty to provide GP services for people in their home towns, and with the almost a quarter of GPs in Wales approaching retirement age Labour should be preparing to recruit new doctors. Labour should not have been caught out like this.
“I will be contacting the health board to ask for clarification on exactly how many patients will be catered for in Meddygfa Tywyn Bach and how many, if any, will be forced to travel outside of Burry Port to see a family doctor.
“There has never been a better time to implement Plaid Cymru’s plan to train and recruit 1,000 extra doctors to Wales’ NHS.”