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  • "Mark Drakeford has adopted the stance of pulling up the response drawbridge,when I wanted to raise an issue with him he refused to respond, I had to use a plaid cymru AM to pass on the concern. He is refusing to face the reality the NHS in Wales could fold in 5 years. A deaf man died via the AB trust, a politician who supported the NHS got no treatment and died of heart failure. Is there any NHS left to protect ? The constant restructuring of the NHS in Wales is just moving the goalposts, and cutting services. We struggle to see a GP at all, we get no support to use them, delay after delay after delay for vital hospital treatment, and clinical care. And the suggestion we should use shopkeepers to diagnose Alzheimer patients, and chemists to take over the GP's job are both ludicrous and dangerous. Not that I worry because as a deaf person neither offer access anyway."
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Inquiry needed into Welsh NHS

First published in Letters

HIGHLY skilled professionals from one of our top universities have expressed concern at the high mortality rates in Welsh hospitals.

Mark Drayford, Assembly Minister for Health, hit back by saying there is nothing wrong with the Welsh hospitals.

He refused to countenance an independent enquiry. Yet there are many people, including myself, who would love to see an independent enquiry into the state of the NHS in Wales.

Twenty years ago Caerphilly had a consultant-led maternity service second to none in Wales.

Over the years, we gradually lost facilities, including our maternity service at Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital, and our A and E Service – a situation mirrored throughout Wales.

We have not got the prospect of seeing most of our consultancy services lodged in fewer and fewer hospitals.

These plans would move our Accident and Emergency Services to Cwmbran, and anybody who needed to travel there to visit loved ones would need to take three different buses to get to the hospital.

So come off it, Mark Drayford. Listen to the people of Wales who know from their own experience that there has been deterioration in the NHS nationwide.

If we are to rebuild our service and regain peoples’ confidence we need a top level enquiry into the Welsh NHS Service, and particularly into their much higher than average death rates.

Ray Davies Bedwas Caerphilly

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