‘Protect Grass Roots Care’

Mid and West Wales must not be left without grassroots secondary care services, a leading doctor has warned. Dr Tony Callard, chairman of the BMA’s Welsh Council, says politicians of all parties must unite to make the best decisions for the health of the nation.

In a speech to the BMA’s annual conference, Dr Callard said: “It is unrealistic to leave Mid and West Wales without local secondary care services. A rational, costeffective, clinically safe structure has to be found.”

Dr Callard said BMA Wales supports the continuation of the old style NHS with local hospitals being the main provider of secondary care services, as opposed to developing what he describes as the English commercial model.

The BMA has lobbied for all Welsh political parties to support Welsh doctors, nurses and hospitals in providing local healthcare.