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HEALTH: `Spread our children's health care'.

PEOPLE in south-west Wales fighting to keep specialist child health services in the area are this week getting their chance to speak to experts who want to move them.

The Specialised Health Services Commission for Wales, hosted by Dyfed-Powys Health Authority in West Wales, want to shift many child services to Cardiff or Bristol.

In radical proposals for changing the way children with specialist problems are dealt with the SHSCW wants to establish eight major specialised services.

What has stirred up the wrath of thousands of senior doctors, health professionals and parents in southwest Wales is the proposal that seven of the eight new services should be in Cardiff.

And the SHSCW is suggesting that some of the specialised services should be provided for Welsh children at Bristol.

If implemented, the new proposals would see specialist services for children with head injuries being moved from Swansea to Cardiff. Only child burns and plastic surgery would be based in south-west Wales, at the burns unit in Morriston Hospital.

A series of public meetings are being held in Bridgend, Port Talbot and Swansea this week at which people have been challenging SHSWC officials on the proposals.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUW
Date:Jul 25, 2002
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