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.