Final calls to have your say on planned changes to Prince Philip Hospital's A&E
LLANELLI Town Council has declared war on plans to downgrade Prince Philip Hospital's accident and emergency department.
Campaigners say there are just under four weeks left to save the A&E — before the consultation ends, and are urging everyone to give their views before the deadline.
The town council has unanimously called for a full consultant-led A&E at the hospital.
Council leader Carl Lucas declared: "The council has made its position quite clear.
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"We are fighting for the full A&E service in Llanelli.
"And we are also fighting for equality and parity with all the other hospitals."
Hywel Dda's controversial proposals have caused widespread anger in Llanelli and the surrounding areas.
Town councillors feel the health board's plans would leave Prince Philip Hospital as a poor relation.
Mr Lucas said: "We are not asking for a service better than Glangwili or Withybush. We are not asking about that at all.
"We are asking to be treated the same."
He added: "We have the largest population in the area yet we are being treated as if we have the least population."
Councillor Bill Thomas said: "We don't have equality." He said the health board had insisted that Llanelli people could go to Morriston Hospital for treatment.
But he said the hospital was stretched because it was now taking patients from Neath Port Talbot.
Residents in that area were setting up a Sospan-style group to fight the changes, said Mr Thomas. "Morriston is already overwhelmed. The situation is similar to Glangwli," he said.
Meanwhile, Llanelli MP Nia Griffith is urging residents to make their views known in the health board's consultation.
She is worried that survey forms are not readily available, and that many people are not aware of the October 29 deadline.
Ms Griffith said: "So many people ask me what we can do, and this is one thing we can do — it would be disastrous if the survey responses did not reflect the views of the people of Llanelli simply because the survey has been poorly publicised."
For a consultation form call 01437 771220.