PLANS by health bosses to provide extra beds at Morriston and Princess of Wales Hospitals have been branded as too little, too late by Regional AM Suzy Davies.
Mrs Davies, who is a Welsh Conservative Regional AM, said that the announcement that 30 extra beds are to be provided in pre-modular buildings to be erected at both hospitals was welcome but went on: “Over the past decade, the Welsh NHS has lost 20 per cent of its beds. The Welsh Labour Government has presided over a catastrophic drop in bed numbers which has left our hospitals in chaos over winter periods when A&E departments are overwhelmed by demand and patients left on trolleys waiting for beds that are not there. In the meantime, ambulances stack up with more patients unable to even get into emergency departments which are already jam-packed.
“There’s no escaping that the cut in bed numbers in all disciplines and hospitals went too far. Welsh Conservatives in South Wales West fought the Assembly elections in May on a platform that included a call for additional beds in the system so I am pleased that somebody was listening.
“However, it will take a lot of time to turn the situation around. I put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Welsh Government which took the disastrous decision in the 2011 budget to cut £1 billion from the Welsh NHS over a five year period. That decision is still reverberating around the wards and corridors of our hospitals.
“The £7 million being spent by ABMu on these units is a welcome start in undoing the damage but it cannot stop here.”