The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed the news that, due to the Welsh Lib Dem Health Technology Fund, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB's neonatal unit is to receive an extra £390,000 to invest in "computerised heart rate analysis of low birth weight babies to prevent deaths and harm".
The Welsh Labour Government has credited the idea of the Health Technologies Fund to the Welsh Liberal Democrats, who suggested it during negotiations for last year's budget..
Commenting, Peter Black said: "I am extremely proud that the Welsh Liberal Democrats are once again making a difference to the lives of the people in my region. We proposed the idea of a Health Technologies Fund as we wanted to offer patients better access to innovative treatments that were not routinely available on the Welsh NHS.
"The first year of the fund was disappointing. The main purpose of the Welsh Liberal Democrat policy was to give Welsh patients access to the latest innovations in health, but instead the money was used to replace old and tired equipment. This announcement looks far more encouraging.
"I am pleased that this money has gone towards improving our neonatal unit. I will continue to campaign to extend this fund to cover new medicines, so that Welsh patients can access the latest treatments many of which are already routinely available over the border".
Approved bids include:
- A first robotic surgery system for Wales capable of minimally invasive treatment of prostate cancer at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (£2.15m);
- £0.56m for state of the art radiotherapy planning and high dose rate brachytherapy equipment to deliver the latest cancer treatment methods at Velindre Trust;
- Automated equipment for identification of bacteria with near trebling of productivity, increased quality and more rapid diagnosis for the Public Health Wales microbiology service at Glan Clwyd Hospital (£1.19m);
- Replacement of more expensive and invasive colonoscopy with a dedicated £1.93m CT scanner for the colon cancer service at Betsi Cadwaladr UHB;
- £0.32m for new technologies to promote mental health and well being at Aneurin Bevan Health Board;
- Computerised heart rate analysis of low birth weight babies to prevent deaths and harm at the neonatal unit at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (£0.39m)