I sadly see that welsh politicians are still playing silly games, with patient care, and the urgent need to reform the NHS in Wales. I say get a grip and start dealing with the important questions Prof Longley raises in his report.
And I'm not alone in thinking along these lines, below is a statement from NHS Wales Medical Directors:
We would like to go on record fully supporting the content of Prof. Marcus Longley’s report. As senior doctors, we recognise the evidence it contains, and are confident that it is a true and accurate account of the issues facing the NHS in Wales.
We work with these very serious challenges on a daily basis and it is vital that the report’s key messages are not ignored, and that urgent action is taken.
The NHS in Wales urgently needs reform, otherwise services will collapse and patients will suffer. This report offers the platform to launch those reforms.
The NHS in Wales is too important to be a political football. We all need to work together to develop a safer, more effective and sustainable NHS in Wales for the future.
Dr Bruce Ferguson, Medical Director, ABM University Health Board,
Dr Kamal Asaad, Medical Director, Cwm Taf Health Board,
Dr Simon Mahon, Medical Director, Hywel Dda Health Board,
Dr Mark Scriven, Medical Director, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board,
Dr Grant Robinson, Aneurin Bevan Health Board
Dr Brendan Lloyd, Medical Director Powys Teaching Health Board,
Prof. Peter Barrett-Lee, Medical Director, Velindre NHS Trust
Make your own mind up - to download Prof. Longley's report in pdf format: The Best Configuration of Hospital Services for Wales: A Review of the Evidence.