Hywel Williams, MP for Arfon, today raised concerns about future of the world-leading vascular service at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, during the Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.

Concerns have been raised following the approval of plans for a new £2.76 million operating theatre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, creating a central specialist unit for complex vascular surgery, which could lead to a centralisation of services. Health chiefs, at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, have insisted there are no plans to move secondary vascular services away from the hospitals at Bangor and Wrexham or to remove vascular support for renal dialysis patients at Ysbyty Gwynedd, which they say will be unaffected by the plans.

Mr Williams asked the Prime Minister: “Vascular services in my constituency are to be moved to an as yet untested centre, whilst in Bangor we already have a facility with an international reputation.”

Mr Williams continued: “Does the Prime Minister share my concern that due to ‘bungling’ by the Labour government in Cardiff, seriously ill Welsh patients will have to travel further, like the late Irfon Williams who had to move to England, just to access proper treatment.”

Prime Minister Theresa May replied “The honourable gentlemen raises an important point, I’m not aware of the details of the particular services (at Ysbyty Gwynedd) and the transfer that he has referred to, but the overall point which he makes, that people living in Wales, are often seeing that they are getting a ‘less good service’ from the Labour government NHS in Wales.”

Mrs May added: “This is the case, there are people who will travel from Wales to England to get the services available in the NHS in England and the Labour government in Wales need to take a hard look at what their doing to the NHS in Wales.”