The Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales Simon Thomas has urged the First Minister to ensure greater and wider support for Neonatal and Paediatric services in Wales.


During Tuesday’s First Minister Questions session at the Senedd, the Plaid Cymru AM criticised the Labour Welsh Government’s record in Neonatal care compared to the rest of the UK: 

“Today, a review by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has highlighted that babies who are born prematurely in Wales receive subservient and inferior care services, compared to the rest of the UK.


“Under the Welsh Government’s Child Health Plan, every child under the age of 7 must have the same consistency of care services.


“The fact that only 31% of premature babies receive a vitally important second appointment before their 2nd birthday in Wales, nearly half the 60% average across the United Kingdom, highlights major flaws in the Labour Welsh Government’s running of the NHS.


“The latest statistics prove once again that Labour’s long and unnecessary campaign to centralise vital paediatric services from our local communities has been a mistake.


“I have consistently fought against the Welsh Government’s campaign to centralise these important services away from Withybush Hospital to Glangwili Hospital, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health review has demonstrated that the Labour Welsh Government has not met the expectations of Plaid Cymru and the Pembrokeshire campaigners who fought against closures.


“The fact that the Welsh Government cannot provide important basic care services proves that Labour’s Child Health Plan is yet another example of empty rhetoric.”

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