Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister Elin Jones has today outlined her party's manifesto pledge to secure life-saving services within one hour for everyone in Wales.
Elin Jones put forward the bold proposal to enshrine in law the services that should be provided by full district general hospitals throughout Wales in order to protect services and put a stop to Labour's damaging centralisation programme.
As well as proposing positive moves on staff recruitment and free care for the elderly, Plaid Cymru is vowing to give people certainty about the future of their local hospitals in statute.
Party of Wales Shadow Health Minister Elin Jones said:
"Patients throughout Wales need to have certainty about what services they can expect from general hospitals across the country.
"A Plaid Cymru government would implement legislation on a minimum range of services that should be provided by a general hospital.
"Our manifesto contains a firm commitment to protecting life-saving services within one hour for everyone in Wales. This means full A&E and allied services.
"Full maternity provision is also essential. People have a right to expect high-quality treatment without having to travel too far.
"This should include geriatrics, paediatrics, elective surgery and cardiac care, as well as having local access to more specialised diagnosis and treatment through telemedicine.
"Plaid Cymru's proposals for saving and strengthening our NHS are comprehensive and fully costed.
"While Labour press ahead with their damaging centralisation agenda, and the Tories threaten the NHS with privatisation, the Party of Wales is committed to protecting local services in local hospitals."