The South Wales Programme has received more than 50,000 responses to the eight-week consultation about the future of consultant-led maternity and neonatal care, inpatient children’s services and emergency medicine (A&E) for people living in South Wales and South Powys.
A total of 53,359 questionnaires, letters and detailed submissions have been received and are being processed by Opinion Research Services, which was commissioned by the five health boards - Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Aneurin Bevan, Cardiff and Vale, Cwm Taf and Powys - to provide an independent analysis of the responses received during the consultation period.
Paul Hollard, programme director of the South Wales Programme, said: “We would like to thank members of the public and other interested groups for their input into this consultation and for taking part in this very important debate about the future of consultant-led maternity and neonatal care, inpatient children’s services and emergency medicine (A&E) across South Wales and South Powys.
This is a huge response to an NHS consultation and demonstrates how passionate people are about their NHS in South Wales and South Powys and the importance of ensuring high quality care is available as locally as possible.
“It also shows that people understand the significant pressures these services are under and the reasons why we need to make changes to ensure they are safe and sustainable into the future.
“In the consultation document, we indicated that health boards would be meeting in October to make a decision about the outcome of the South Wales Programme. However, given the sheer scale of responses and the level of detail they contain, we believe this timescale is now inappropriate.
“In order to fully and properly understand and interpret the comments submitted by the public, politicians, NHS staff and by local interest and professional groups, we will need to take more time to analyse these responses.
“In view of this, we therefore expect health boards to meet before the end of the year to make a decision about the outcome of the South Wales Programme. We recognise that this is later than anticipated but it is important that we consider all the comments received before the health boards make their decisions.”
Once the analysis of all the responses is complete, it will be shared with the five health boards, the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and the community health councils. This analysis of the consultation responses, together with all the evidence which supports and informs the South Wales Programme to date, will then be considered by the boards and CHCs.
Individual health boards will make a decision about the outcome of the consultation and the future for consultant-led maternity and neonatal care, inpatient children’s services and emergency medicine (A&E) based on all the evidence supporting the South Wales Programme and the evidence that has emerged during the eight-week consultation process.
The outcome will deliver improved clinical outcomes for patients across South Wales and South Powys and secure the safety and sustainability of these services into the future.

    

The South Wales Programme options

Option 1: University Hospital Wales, Cardiff; Morriston Hospital, Swansea; Specialist and Critical Care Centre (SCCC), planned to be built near Cwmbran and Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil
Option 2: UHW, Morriston Hospital, SCCC, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant
Option 3: UHW, Morriston Hospital, SCCC, Prince Charles Hospital and Princess of Wales Hospital, in Bridgend
Option 4: UHW, Morriston Hospital, SCCC, Prince Charles and Royal Glamorgan hospitals

    

Need more information about the South Wales Programme or want to get in touch?
Visit www.wales.nhs.uk/swp or www.wales.nhs.uk/swp/hafan