The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black is backing BMA Cymru Wales’ in their call for a Keogh-style inquiry into the Welsh health service.
Mr. Black was speaking after receiving a letter from BMA Cymru, which represents 7,000 doctors in Wales, who are concerned about unmet ambulance waiting time targets, huge numbers of overdue follow-up appointments in hospitals, and the possible closure of GP practices plus the impact of all this upon morale within the Welsh NHS.
Mr Black said:- “Many of the issues raised by the BMA are evident in my region. We have ambulances queuing at Morriston Hospital accident and emergency, a damning report outlining poor care in Princess of Wales and Neath Port Talbot Hospitals leading to the suspension of 15 nurses and many constituents contacting me regarding postponed appointments, cancelled operations and unacceptable waiting times for procedures.
“The fact is that despite a hard-working and dedicated staff the health service locally is creaking at the seams due to being under-resourced. The extra money announced for the NHS in this week’s Welsh Government budget is welcome but it will not mask some of the fundamental issues that need to be addressed locally if we are to get this right.
“There needs to be a wider examination of all the issues so we can have a clear consensus on the way forward for the NHS in Wales. The best way to do that is to adopt the BMA’s proposal and set up an independent inquiry.”