New funding for Glangwili Hospital has thrown a consultation into the future of neonatal and maternity services into a state of “total confusion”.
The Welsh Government has announced a total of £25 million for the hospital in Carmarthenshire – just a week before the health board is due to announce proposals for reorganising services in West Wales.
Shadow Health Minister, Angela Burns, said the announcement suggested that key decisions had already taken and warned that the public consultation needed to be more than just a paper exercise.
“This announcement throws the Welsh Government’s consultation on local neonatal and maternity services into total confusion.
“Just weeks ago more than a million pounds was pledged to develop a business case for future arrangements, and that consultation is supposed to start soon.
“Yet this funding appears to suggest that the Welsh Government has already made key decisions about the future of local services.
“Whilst the additional funding is welcome, it’s not clear how this commitment will be affected if reconfiguration proposals end up seeing services pulled from the hospital.”