Promoted by Mark Ward-Jones on behalf of the Torfaen Constituency Labour Party at 27 Brunel Road, Fairwater, Cwmbran, Torfaen NP44 4QT.
Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle has welcomed the inclusion of £36m in the Welsh Government’s capital budget for 2016-17, earmarked for the Cwmbran-based Specialist Critical Care Centre (SCCC). The funding is subject to approval of the business case, the latest stage of which is with the Welsh Government.
Discussions are continuing between the Welsh Government and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, following the submission late last year. As a sign of the Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to the SCCC, a sum of £36m – the largest single investment in the 2016-17 capital programme – has been identified.
Lynne Neagle AM has worked tirelessly on the proposals for the £500m hospital since its origins. After the Health Minister confirmed the first phase of the SCCC had been included in next year’s capital programme, work will continue with the health board to bring the business case to a successful conclusion.
When completed, the project will deliver an extra 470 beds and emergency treatment and assessment at the new centre in Cwmbran.
The SCCC will support the delivery of 21st century healthcare – a key element of the Welsh Labour Government commitment to securing service change and transformation in hospital services.
Lynne Neagle AM said:
“I’m delighted that the funding has been clearly earmarked in the budget for the purpose-built SCCC. As the largest single capital investment allocated for next year, it’s very good news indeed for my constituents in Torfaen, and the wider population in South East Wales.”
“The health board has worked with the Welsh Government to get to where we are and I welcome the progress made to date towards the shared ambition of delivering brand new hospital services serving the Valleys.”
“I will continue to liaise proactively, as I have always done, with both Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the Welsh Government, to ensure that these plans remain as robust as possible going forward.”
Plans for the SCCC, purpose-built to provide care for those requiring complex specialist or critical care, will serve a wider population of more than 600,000. It will include a 24-hour assessment unit, dealing with all major emergencies and resuscitation cases; intensive care facilities, comprehensive diagnostic services, theatres and a consultant-led obstetric unit. Plans are also in place for a dedicated paediatric assessment unit, in addition to a neonatal intensive care unit. Supporting services include pathology, pharmacy, radiology, including MRI and CT scanners; as well as a helipad for emergency cases.