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Welsh Governments treatment of IVF patients is scandalous

January 31, 2013 11:33 AM

The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has described the Welsh Governments treatment of IVF patients in South and West Wales as scandalous, following revelations this morning that there is now an 18 month waiting list for treatment.

Mr. Black was responding to news that the new IVF treatment centre at Neath Port Talbot Hospital is a year behind schedule, meaning that it will not open until April this year. That is 18 months after the Welsh Government ceased to send patients to the London Women's Clinic at Singleton Hospital because they disagree with private medicine. Women waiting for IVF treatment are being sent to Bristol at an additional cost of £500,000 to the NHS.

"The Welsh Government's ideological decision to make this change has led to additional cost to a hard-pressed local health service, greater stress and anxiety for those women and their families who have to travel over 60 miles for treatment and a much longer wait overall," said Mr. Black. "It is quite scandalous mismanagement by Welsh Labour Ministers."

"The London' Women's Clinic in Swansea should not have been closed until the new clinic in Neath Port Talbot was open.

"Welsh Liberal Democrats have been raising their concerns with Welsh Ministers on the floor of the Assembly constantly over the last two years but they have consistently failed to take action. Their inefficiency is costing people their health and costing the Welsh taxpayer money"

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