Wednesday, 28 October 2009

New hospital operating theatres will cut waiting lists

Plaid Cymru's North Wales AM Janet Ryder has expressed delight at news that three new hospital theatres for the area will increase operating capacity by a fifth. The three at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd near Bodelwyddan will cost £5.4 million and include two laparoscopic theatres delivering "keyhole" surgery and one new urology day care unit.

Janet Ryder said: "Current operating theatres at Glan Clwyd are working to capacity so these are much needed new facilities being provided by the Welsh Government. The laparascopic theatres will be purpose-built and state of the art and this extra theatre space will increase capacity at Glan Clwyd by 20%. That means more operations can be performed and that will substantially reduce waiting times facing patients.

"This is another example of the Welsh Government opting to invest in the North to improve public services at a time of recession rather than follow the London parties' agenda of cutting public services at this crucial time. Now is not the time to be putting public sector workers on the dole and reducing the services we need more urgently than ever."

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