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Health services in Tenby ‘under siege’ claim

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tenby123AN AM has written to the Health Minister after concerns have been raised about the services available on the Welsh NHS in Tenby, with one councillor describing Tenby’s community as ‘under seige’ because of the withdrawl of services. The Welsh Government has replied to Plaid Cymru AM Simon Thomas with assurances regarding health services available in Tenby. Mid and West AM Simon Thomas for the Party of Wales said: “I raised the issue in the Senedd before the summer with the Health Minister. People in Tenby are quite rightly concerned about the future of Welsh NHS services in the area. “I wanted clarity for the local community so I wrote to the Health Minister. The staffing challenge faced because of the departure of some GPs in Tenby shows why Plaid Cymru’s policy of recruiting 1,000 extra doctors is important for the future of services locally. “The proposal to close Tenby Minor Injuries Unit was agreed locally but subject to certain conditions. I don’t believe that these conditions have been met but no one seems to be taking responsibility for this”. Pembrokeshire County Councillor Jon Preston added: “The degradation of services is unacceptable and cannot be sustained. “I have worked closely with the South East Pembrokeshire Community Health Network over the last two years and we as a community feel under siege with services being withdrawn to a critical level. “We have been repeatedly been given false assurances that medical provision would be provided by a new model prior to the withdrawal of Minor Injuries Services at Tenby. “Individuals within the Health Board need to be accountable and expect a consequence if they do not comply with assurances given to the people of Pembrokeshire.” In his reply to Party of Wales AM Simon Thomas the Health Minister outlines the summer services available. This summer the Red Cross will operation weekdays 2 – 6pm and 10am – 6pm on weekends and bank holidays for the period of 19 July – 7 September. Hywel Dda University Health Board will pilot a pharmacy ‘triage and treat’ service in Tenby and Saundersfood over the same period. The Minister states he is aware that the surgery in Tenby is currently facing a staffing challenge due to the departure of some GPs. The Health Minister has been assured the health board is look to recruit GPs to deal with the shortage. Additional GP locum cover will be available this month and a Nurse Practitioner has been employed until the end of August 2014 to support the GPs.

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Broad Haven: Car overturns in wet weather on B4341

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A CAR overturned in the wet weather on the B4341 Haverfordwest to Broad Haven road on Friday evening (Jul 3).

First on the scene, local Stephen Hughes told The Herald: “I was driving along and noticed a car had overturned on the Broad Haven Road past the left turning for Tiers Cross. I stopped and checked to see if everyone as okay.

“No one was injured, and I stayed until the police arrived.”

Police directed traffic and assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.

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County Hall in NHS blue lights tribute

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COUNTY HALL in Haverfordwest was lit in blue last night (Friday, 3rd July) and will be again tonight and tomorrow night as a tribute to NHS workers and social care staff throughout the country.

The illumination also marks the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday.

Said Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman, Dr Simon Hancock: “We owe these workers a great debt which will never be fully repaid and this gesture by the Council is richly deserved.”

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Cllr Beynon suspended as school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL said that they are unable to comment on the suspension of a Pembroke Dock councillor as a school governor.

Cllr Beynon confirmed that he has been suspended as a school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur.

“I’m looking forward until when the ombudsman throws out the complaints,” Cllr Beynon said.

Paul Dowson, a fellow Pembroke Dock councillor, recently resigned from the board of school governors of Ysgol Harri Tudur.

Cllr Dowson said after he resigned: “I feel a recent smear campaign reflects badly on the school even though its untrue.”

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