Swansea Casualty Threat

30th August 2008

Swansea's Singleton Hospital casualty unit is being threatened with yet another downgrading. The Trust is proposing to replace this important minor casualty service with just a single GP and nurse team!

After the successful campaign to prevent the closure of Swansea's Fairwood Hospital and Ward 1 at Hill House, the Trust is refusing to go to public consultation over their plans in case they get the same negative result.

The Trust has bombarded the press with articles and letters from local GP's supporting their proposals for a GP led unit. One GP who enthusiastically backed the plans had to admit she had a vested interest because she was a director of the GP 'out of hours service', the main financial beneficiery if these proposals go through.

Swansea SP members have played the leading role in defending NHS services in Swansea & West Wales in recent years and we will be building for a 'Save Our Services' public meeting, supported by Swansea Trades Council to ensure we get a public consultation and stop this casualty downgrading.

Alec Thraves
Swansea socialist party
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