The original thinking behind this is to concentrate centres of excellence rather than having a larger number of smaller specialist centres with less expertise.
Would you rather travel 40 or 50 miles to a centre who do a larger number of operations and have expertise in complicated cases, or just go to the local hospital where the surgeon maybe just does a couple of cases a year, and if something goes awry during the operation may not have the know-how to redeem the situation.
Very much like the Royal in Liverpool is a centre for pancreatic problems. Without that expertise, my father may well not have been here today.
I understand what you are saying Markjw, yet Liverpool Royal is only a stones throw from Wirral, but I am pleased your father made a good recovery.
To have a new Baby
and possibly 1,2 or more children at home, how on earth could any parent of a sick or premature Baby
cope with having to travel 100 miles or more each day? Not everyone has grandarents to step in and take over at home and not everyone could even afford the travelling costs.Having a sick Baby
must be one of the most traumatic and stressful times of anyones life and if there is already a 'Specialist Baby
Unit'at Glan Clwyd, then it must be 'Specialist' by the very meaning of the word.
Littlemink, I believe that the National Assembly of Wales initiated it, which is formed by Welsh Labour, nothing to do with the Tory's. Plus, consultations have been going on long before 2010, in all of U.K. for these Centres of Excellence.