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.
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!
Both Vikki Howells (Assembly Minister for Cynon Valley) and Ann Clwyd (Member of Parliament for Cynon Valley) have pledged their support to the campaign today. We’re really grateful to both of these fantastic ladies for their prompt help and support.