War of words erupts after sexual health clinic closed

THE CLOSURE of the University sexual health clinic without warning had prompted a war of words between students, the health board and MP Mark Williams.

Following the initial lack of communication from Hywel Dda, a letter written to Mark Williams MP at the start of October gives more information on the closure.

In the letter, Chief Executive Trevor Purt claims the closure was made in response to a lack of suitable staff, and that the Aberystwyth clinic averaged fewer than 4 users per week.

Williams’ reply questions the amount of promotion given to the service, and also question whether the University-based service offers the same level of care as the clinic used to.

At the time of the closure, a spokesperson for Hywel Dda said the clinic has been “temporarily suspended until the end of the year due to staff shortages”.

“Every effort is being made to recruit into the vacant posts and the Health Board hopes to be in a position to advertise shortly in order to re-staff the University clinic accordingly”.

However, the more recent letters suggests that re-opening the clinic would be discussed “in the context of any future Sexual Health Service Strategy for Hywel Dda”.