The West Wales health board has announced the findings of the public consultation into Health Services, stating their preferred option is to downgrade the capacity of two major hospitals.
Hywel Dda health board backed plans which will see Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest and Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen lose round-the-clock A&E services, in exchange for a new hospital with funding and location yet to be agreed.
Welsh Conservative and Shadow Health Secretary Angela Burns AM has questioned how much impact the public consultation actually had on the boardâ€™s decision.
â€œIâ€™m concerned the health board want to downgrade Glangwili and Withybush on the proviso of building a new hospital for urgent care, when there is no money, agreed location, nor timescale.
â€œWelsh Government have repeatedly said they have not had discussions with Hywel Dda as to the funding of a new hospital, and we need to remember that this is a health board that is consistently running in deficit.
â€œI despair that we are already talking about changing services when there is clearly no clear plan in place.
â€œAre we to see downgrading before a new hospital and how long will this uncertainty last?â€�