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Plaid Cymru calls for clarity from Labour on hospital downgrading plans

09/05/2022

Plaid Cymru Health Spokesperson Elin Jones AM has said that the publication of a report commissioned by the NHS confederation today signals that the Labour government is planning to press ahead with plans to centralise health services and downgrade hospitals.  Elin Jones said that Plaid Cymru would continue to oppose Labour’s plans. She added that Plaid Cymru believes that clinical evidence, not short term financial considerations and ideological re-organisations, should guide the future of the NHS.

Plaid Cymru Health Spokesperson, Elin Jones AM, said:

"The publication of this report signals that the Labour government is planning to press ahead with plans to centralise services and downgrade hospitals.  This is despite repeated assurances from Labour Ministers that they had no intention to downgrade hospitals. 

"Just before the local elections

(25th April), the Labour First Minister clearly stated that ‘there is no threat to any hospital in Wales’.  Yet all along the cabinet had agreed back in march that the number of sites providing A&E and emergency general surgery services should be reduced.

The Labour Government needs to come clean and tell the people of Wales exactly what they are planning for their hospitals.  Plaid Cymru remains totally opposed to the centralisation of services and hospital downgrading. Clinical evidence, not short term financial considerations and ideological re-organisations, should guide the future of the NHS."