Hundreds Lobby Senedd to Defend Hospital
28th May 2012Over 500 people travelled from Carmarthenshire to protest at the Senedd against the threat of Hywel Dda Health Board to downgrade Prince Philip's hospital in Llanelli.
Working people in Llanelli are incensed that the health board even considered the closure of the Accident and Emergency department forcing emergency patients to travel to Swansea or Carmarthen.
There were a number of speakers from the Labour Party at the rally on the steps of the Senedd, but many protesters asked why it was that the Labour Welsh health minister had not come to meet the lobby. Socialist Party members called for the scrapping of the plans of Welsh Labour to downgrade hospitals including Prince Philip's.
To hear certain union leaders tell it at the Wales TUC Conference last week, there are no cuts in Wales. But on the same day that Welsh Government First Minister, Carwyn Jones, was addressing conference and telling the delegates that there would be no downgrading of hospital services in Wales, hundreds of protesters were lobbying the Assembly buildings to demand the reversal of plans to axe A&E services at Llanelli's Prince Phillip Hospital.
Health Boards in Wales have already had to find £290 million in savings in 2011-12. Welsh Labour doesn't make cuts apparently, they find savings! They now face trying to find similar amounts 5% of their budget, year on year, every year for the next 3 years.