City GP pressures must be tackled

The Welsh Government must take responsibility for the effects housing developments are having on GP provision in west Cardiff – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.


Yesterday in the Senedd – Mr Davies raised the issue with Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething.


Citing the example of Fairwater Health Centre – whose partners recently took the “unusual step” of writing to patients to warn the effects the Plasdwr development will have on services – Mr Davies criticised the lack of preparation for local services in the planning process.


He asked Mr Gething what conversations he had with the Health Board to “address the resource issues” the new developments were causing.


Mr Davies said, “It is no surprise that 8,000 new patients will cause huge pressures on local GP services – but it is quite something that the partners of a Health Centre have felt the need to issue what amounts to a plea for proper resources to be allocated.


“This frankly should have been thought out at the outset – though the planning process and LDP.


“The fact that no provision has been made for extra resources is a significant problem and something that must be dealt with.


“It’s vital the Welsh Government, local council and the Health Board work together to sort this out – and provide proper funding for the necessary staff and facilities.


“It is no good to pass the buck – since the problem will only get worse. As more and more new residents move in – demand will increase – and we need to tackle this head on.”