Hospital chiefs gag University

THE UNIVERSITY and the local NHS board have signed a secret agreement, revealed only after a Freedom of Information Act request by The Courier, that prevents both parties from making any public statements about each other without first getting the approval of the other party.

The pact has been slammed  by critics because it stops the University from effectively standing up for the interests of students as part of the Health Board’s plans to downgrade Bronglais Hospital and slash the Accident and Emergency Department.

The agreement has also been criticised for being one-sided, because there isn’t anything that the Health Board would want to say about the University.

When asked by The Courier, the University weren’t even able to comment on this story without the approval of Hywel Dda.

When they did, they claim that it’s “simply good practice” for promotional materials that refer to both parties to be approved by the other first.

In a letter to the Cambrian News in early February, Vice-Chancellor of the University Professor April McMahon stated that it would be “inappropriate for one public sector organisation to comment on the future of another – especially when consultation is still under way.”