22 APR 2015

TENBY MUM WINS REFERRAL TO ENGLAND AFTER 17 MONTH BATTLE

A Tenby mum has finally been referred to England for a bowel operation after 17-months trapped in the Welsh NHS system.

Kelly Thomas from St Florence urgently needs the operation but hospitals in the Hywel Dda area said they didn't have the facilities to care for her afterwards.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board in Swansea, who could provide the care, said their waiting list was too long and could not give her a date for the operation. The operation was available in England with just a nine-week wait but the Labour Welsh Assembly Government would not send her there on a point of principle.

Her predicament was raised by her then MP Simon Hart in Prime Minister's Questions and the Health Minister Jeremy Hunt wrote to his Welsh counterpart Mark Drakeford urging him to intervene.

Now Kelly has finally been referred by the Welsh NHS to St Mark's Hospital in Middlesex for the operation.

"It's been a 17-month battle with the Welsh NHS to get Kelly this treatment," said Conservative candidate Simon Hart.

"She has spent every day in pain and unable to work, stuck in limbo thanks to the Welsh NHS. I am so relieved that she will finally get this much-needed operation but I am angry that it has taken nearly two years of shouting, campaigning and negotiating to get this far. She has been badly let down by the Labour-led Welsh Government and the way they run the Welsh NHS"

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