Owen’s June Pontypridd Observer column

Happy Birthday NHS!

Next week one of our most beloved national institutions turns 70.  On 5 July 1948 the NHS was born; brought into the world by a post-war Labour government and Welsh MP and Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan.

Its principle of healthcare free at the point of need is one that has shone a light around the world and has helped deliver huge medical advances and improvements to public health.  Thanks to the NHS we have all but eradicated diseases such as polio and diphtheria, and pioneered new treatments like the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant.

Under the Conservative Government, the NHS in England faces a funding crisis, increasing waiting times and privatisation.  The Tories like to attack the NHS in Wales where, thanks to our Welsh Labour Government, the health service remains true to its founding principles: a publicly-run service that is free at the point of use.

Locally, we’ve seen investment in local health services at Royal Glamorgan Hospital and the improved provision at Dewi Sant Hospital.  We know that not everything in the NHS is perfect, funding cuts from the UK Government add to the industrial legacy faced by communities across Pontypridd and Taf Ely.  But I know that the Welsh Labour Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething AM, is committed to continuing what could arguably be called Labour’s most successful policy and ensure it lasts for the next 70 years.

Thanking our armed forces

This Saturday is Armed Forces Day.  It’s a chance for us all to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

Why not help mark the occasion by joining the Armed Forces Day event and family fun day at Pontypridd’s Ynysangharad War Memorial Park on Saturday, 7 July between 12pm and 4pm.

I’m always here to help

Don’t forget that I’m always available to assist local residents across the Pontypridd constituency.  I can be contacted by calling 01443 401122, emailing [email protected] or by visiting www.owensmithmp.co.uk.  You can also keep up-to-date on my work by following me on Twitter @OwenSmith_MP.