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Monday, 15 October 2007

Good news for west Wales

The dirty tricks story rife in Aberystwyth last week went along the lines that Elin had sold Bronglais down the road. No prizes that it was our yellow Libdem friends up to their usual nonsense again.

Its good we have got a decent AM in Ceredigion. This is what you can do when you try.

Plaid Cymru AM: Best indication yet of secure Bronglais future.

Plaid Cymru's AM for Ceredigion, Elin Jones, has welcomed confirmation from the One Wales Government's Health Minister, Edwina Hart AM, that she is determined to ensure a secure and successful future for Bronglais Hospital. The Health Minister also revealed last Tuesday that she remained committed to investing £20 million in community health services in Ceredigion, which will include new community hospitals in Tregaron and Cardigan, and a new health centre in Aberaeron. Commenting on the Health Minister's statement, Ceredigion AM Elin Jones said:

"This is the best confirmation yet that the One Wales Government's Health Minister remains committed to securing a health future for Bronglais Hospital and other healthcare services in Ceredigion with the development of a Rural Health Plan. Furthermore, I'm particularly pleased that Edwina Hart remains committed to investing £20 million in developing community healthcare in Ceredigion through our community hospitals at Tregaron and Cardigan, and at Aberaeron's new health centre.

"The plans for Cardigan's new hospital are already at an advanced stage following a series of consultations with local stakeholders. I now hope that this new commitment to investing in healthcare in Ceredigion will encourage a similar consultation to be held in the Tregaron area because little progress seems to have been made with respect to developing plans to invest in the town's community hospital.

"Over recent months I have been continuously arguing the need to establish a Rural Health Plan to ensure that Ceredigion residents remain able to access healthcare services in their locality. While in urban areas it may be acceptable to centralise healthcare services, in rural areas such as Ceredigion this 'one-size-fits-all approach isn't appropriate. I'm therefore glad that the Health Minister has asked Bronglais Hospital's medical director to investigate the best way for Ceredigion's hospitals and health centres to work together and effectively serve the rural population"

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