Calls for vote of no confidence in Health Minister
A CALL has been made for cross-party support over a motion of no confidence in the health minister Mark Drakeford following the downgrading of Llanelli's A&E.
The motion is led by Peter Hughes Griffiths, leader of Carmarthenshire Council's Plaid group, and will be raised at the full council meeting next Wednesday.
It follows Health Minister Mark Drakeford's decision to downgrade Prince Philip Hospital's A&E department while maintaining services at the three other general hospitals in the Hywel Dda Health Board area.
Mr Hughes Griffiths said: "This is the biggest blow for Llanelli and the surrounding areas for many, many years and the Welsh Labour Government and its Health Minister are totally responsible for allowing such an unacceptable situation to materialise.
"The three other general hospitals within the Hywel Dda Health Board area get a full A&E service, while the heavily populated Llanelli area has to make do with a second rate and life-threatening service.
"This is not good enough and we will be asking all Carmarthenshire councillors to support our motion."
The notice of motion reads: "Carmarthenshire Council deplores both the recent decision of the Welsh Labour Government Health Minister Mark Drakeford to downgrade the Prince Philip General Hospital Llanelli A&E department to a nurse-led, GP supported unit, and its public endorsement by Keith Davies, Llanelli's Labour Assembly Member.
"As the fully operational A&E departments of the three other general hospitals in the Hywel Dda Health Board region are being retained, this appalling, discriminatory decision clearly demonstrates the double standards of the Welsh Labour Government to the detriment of the people of the Llanelli area.
"The county council declares a vote of no confidence in Mr Drakeford, who refused to meet our request to meet a cross-party deputation.
"It therefore calls upon the Welsh Labour Government to immediately rescind this unjust, life-threatening and indefensible decision, and establish an A&E department at Prince Philip Hospital Llanelli of the same standard and quality as that proposed at Glangwili, Withybush and Bronglais General Hospitals."