Rhun ap Iorwerth writes to Health Board regarding GP services in Holyhead

Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth has written to Betsi Cadwladr Health Board to ask for urgent action to be taken to restore GP services in Holyhead.

Constituents have been raising concerns after the loss of doctors in recent months led to the Health Board taking over two surgeries.

Rhun ap Iorwerth AM said:

“It is a matter of grave concern that two surgeries in Anglesey’s largest town – Longford Road and Cambria – have lost so many doctors that they have now been forced to come under the management of the Health Board.

“Constituents say to me that they’ve been told there are no doctors there at all on some days and that the surgeries are manned by hard-working nurses and reception staff only. I’m told that when patients phone for appointments, in need of a doctor urgently in some cases, they are told to ‘phone back on another day. I’m also hearing of delays with the signing of prescriptions.

“Workforce shortages are among the biggest problems facing our NHS. I’m proud that Plaid Cymru was successful in its campaign for a centre to train doctors at Bangor University, training medics in areas like ours where we experience some of the greatest shortages. But it’ll be a number of years before we see the first qualified doctors coming through. We need action now to get primary care back on track in the Holyhead area.”