Responding to local media reports that Hywel Dda health board’s new service change proposals could result in Withybush hospital being shut down in the future, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said:
“It’s extremely worrying that the future of Withybush hospital is once again under threat. The leaked documents show that in a number of scenarios services would be removed from Withybush hospital and in some scenarios the hospital would be closed altogether.
"This is simply unacceptable and I’ve already made it clear to the local health board that some of these options should not even be considered.
"It’s a disgrace that some of these options are even on the table.
"The health board tell us that they are still at the stage of considering all options; however in my view, the only satisfactory solution is to strengthen our existing hospitals and protect their viability for the future.
"It’s absolutely crucial now that the health board comes forward and hosts a series of public engagements so that it can explain its rationale to the people of Pembrokeshire.
"Local communities in Pembrokeshire have made it crystal clear that they want the health board to keep their hands off Withybush hospital.
"I will be doing all that I can to ensure that the health board look at a solution that protects the future of our local hospital and I’m now seeking an urgent meeting with the Chief Executive to discuss these matters further.”