Tuesday, 29 January 2013

£3.24million for Singleton Neonatal Unit

I have just come across this press release by the Welsh Government announcing a £3.24 million investment in the neonatal intensive care at Singleton Hospital at Swansea, one of three units serving the South and South West Wales. 

Any investment in neonatal intensive care wherever it is must be welcomed and a similar investment in the neonatal intensive care unit at Glan Clwyd and the Maelor would be equally welcomed rather than the badly costed, flawed proposal to transfer the service to Arrowe Park on the Wirral.

We can only wish for a quality Neonatal Unit like Singleton's with 12 to 18 high dependency cots in North Wales, which is considerably more than what Arrowe Park intend to provide if and when the Health Board transfers the service. 

I wonder how easy it was for the Health Minister to make the following statement knowing full well that one of HER Health Boards was hell bent on dismantling a similar service in HER constituency?

“Investing in neonatal care is vital if we are to provide consistent and sustainable high-quality care for sick babies in Wales. 
“The Welsh Government has been working with all health boards and the neonatal network to address the pressures on the network over the past six months. Improvements have been made to the service in Wales, such as the introduction of a cot locator system and a neonatal transport service in north and south Wales. 
“The £3.241 million I am announcing today will provide a safe, sustainable and high quality service to support babies and their families in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board area.”
Seriously ill babies in Wales should not be the subject of a post code lottery and should have access to the best service wherever they live. Lesley Griffiths should provide a similar level of investment to all Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Wales and not seek to export services to a country that does not share the values that we hold dear in Wales; a National Health Service not a privatised health service based on market competition that hospitals like Arrowe Park will soon become.

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