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Readers' views: "Welsh Labour has let Llanelli down"

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: October 09, 2013

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UNBELIEVABLE, absolutely unbelievable. Llanelli, the largest town in west Wales is to lose its A&E department, while towns a quarter of Llanelli's size will have complete A&E services. Where is the sense and logic?

We can blame this on the welsh Assemble Government, who continually blame Westminster for reducing the amount of money they receive. But it is the Welsh Assembly who have reduced the money allocated to the Welsh health service.

In England, money for their health service has been ring fenced, but the Labour government in the Welsh Assembly would rather spend the money on buying airports and building £20 million offices in north Wales and other offices around the country.

We in Llanelli must make sure we do not vote for Labour again in the Welsh Assembly elections. Welsh Labour has let this town down badly.

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I am bitterly disappointed with our Llanelli Assembly Member, who has not battled hard enough for the town.

Why did he not go to Carwyn Jones and tell him that he would resign if A&E was withdrawn from Llanelli? A local bi-election might have made Carwyn Jones think again.

We must put together a fund, and I will gladly put in the first £100, so that we can take the Welsh Health Minister to court on a count of manslaughter if it can be proven that a person from Llanelli died in an ambulance on the way to Carmarthen but would have lived if A&E was available in Llanelli.

I would also gladly make a contribution to a body set up to look into the possibility of abolishing the Welsh Assembly. The setting up of the Assembly was probably the worst thing that has happened to Llanelli and Wales.

Under the direction of Cardiff Bay, Wales could end up a third rate country with an inadequate health service, poor levels of education and a poor economy.

When will the people of Wales realise that enough is enough and just go back to having the Welsh Office? It could save us millions, and we could sell off the Assembly buildings.

Finally, we seem to be short of strong people in Llanelli – the Welsh Assembly and Carmarthenshire Council seem to be able to take what they like from this town. We need more people like Paul Harries (pictured above), who has done a wonderful job when our A&E was under threat many years ago, and he is a wonderful public speaker. It is a pity he is not our Assembly Member.

R Thomas

Penygaer Road

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  • point2  |  October 09 2013, 8:35PM

    neathboyo234 what has a female chicken got to do with the labour government letting Llanelli down?

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  • Neathboy234  |  October 09 2013, 11:42AM

    R Thomas if only you had waited a few more days hen you would have seen that the labour government in wales backed by Plaid and the LD have increased health spending by over £500 million by the end of the assembly term. including an extra £150 million this year, all of this in spite of over £1 billion being cut from the assemblies budget by Westminster. BTE you talk about ring fencing taking place in the English NHS, but we should also remember that £20 billion is being cut from it's budget when inflation is taking into account

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