Progress so far

It’s been a while since the last update, but we’ve been making progress behind the scenes.

We now have confirmation from Vaughan Gething (the Welsh Health Minister) that “securing a sustainable thrombectomy service for Welsh patients is a priority for the Welsh Government and Health Boards in Wales”, and that “a service specification for thrombectomy is due out to consultation imminently”.

This means that the issue is being discussed and debated, but doesn’t mean that we can rest easy. Consultations can regularly stall and so we’re doing our best to keep the pressure on. This issue is very complex as the procedure is highly specialised and in NHS terms relatively new. However, recognising it as a priority is a step forward from the previous ‘not routinely funded’ situation.

We’ll keep you updated when we know more.

It’s not just Wales that are suffering from this postcode lottery!

News in the press this week that there is a big campaign in Scotland as they have the same issues with thrombectomy availability. Read more here:

https://www.chss.org.uk/chss-campaigns-policy-projects-for-longer-stronger-lives/support-the-thrombectomy-campaign/

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-medics-urgent-funding-plea-16228677.amp

Progress report

Sorry it’s been a while for an update. We’ve been working closely with Vikki Howells AM and Ann Clwyd MP.

Vikki wrote to Vaughan Gething (Welsh Minister for Health) on our behalf. We have received a response, which in our opinion didn’t fully address the issues. We’ve sent a response and are awaiting an update. Vikki is hoping to raise the issue with the First Minister very soon. Thank you Vikki for all your support so far!

Please sign the petition if you haven’t already (you don’t need to be Welsh or live in Wales to sign) https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=1538

Ann Clwyd MP has also been in touch to say that she is going to raise the issue in Parliament. Fantastic news, and thanks Ann!