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PLAID CYMRU IN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL CALL

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A House of Commons call for a guarantee of the future of community hospitals in Wales has been made by Plaid Cymru ...
A House of Commons call for a guarantee of the future of community hospitals in Wales has been made by Plaid Cymru MP Cynog Dafis.

Mr Dafis, MP for Ceredigion Pembroke North, intervened during Commons question time to warn Welsh secretary William Hague that there would be a 'furore' in Wales if community hospitals were faced with rundown or possible closure. Mr Dafis said:

'Can he give an assurance that the combination of lack of revenue and capital charging system is involving severe strain on smaller district general hospitals such as Bronglais in Aberystwyth.'

This makes it much more difficult for them to ensure capital development and replacement of equipment, much less invest in new technology, the Plaid Cymru MP said.

In response, Welsh Office minister Gwilym Jones refused to accept the MP's analysis, and claimed that out-patient waiting lists were falling in the Dyfed-Powys area.

Following the Westminster exchanges, Mr Dafis added:

'Plaid Cymru is concerned that hospitals could face a spiral of decline if they are subjected to these financial pressures. It is vital that strenuous measures are taken to prevent this scenario from taking place. Our health service should be a major priority for Wales - and will be once we secure a real parliament with primary law-making powers.'

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