Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

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Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Received 08 August 2018
From Betsi Cadwaladr University health Board on behalf of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board


Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) is responsible for the planning, provision and commissioning of health services for the permanent and temporary residents of North Wales.

The issues as an organisation we want examined by the IPC are;

1. Health Impact Assessment-Horizon has not undertaken a Health Impact Assessment specifically on the impacts of the proposed temporary workforce accommodation for 4,000 workers on site. The submitted HIA is based on previous accommodation proposals.
2. Air quality-The Health Board wishes to understand more about how exactly the developer will ensure that there is no deterioration in local air quality (either short or long-term) and how this will be measured, validated and evaluated.
3. Transport-The Health Board has concerns about a number of impacts the development will have on the transport network, including delays to emergency and non emergency ambulance services responses, potential increase in road traffic accidents and delays for patients accessing routine appointments to primary, community and hospital base services.
4. Safeguarding-The potential impact of the development on safeguarding issues and how Horizon intend to mitigate the risks.
5. The impact of the additional temporary workforce involved in the construction phase on the provision and funding of primary, community, mental health, hospital and tertiary health services. The concerns include;
a. The scope of occupational and primary health care services planned for the Wylfa site and the necessary accommodation and infrastructure.
b. The staffing, training and skill mix implications for the proposed on site services cannot be assessed until the service model is defined.
c. The arrangements proposed by Horizon for health services in the period up to the opening of the proposed on-site health facility
d. Horizon’s proposals for the operation of health services, it is not clear if they will be privately or publicly run.
e. The arrangements for interface with and impact on local and regional NHS services
f. The impact on primary care practices where workers choose to use other practices due to geographical, urgency or convenience issues.
g. The knock on effect of the temporary workers on community health services, mental health services, emergency and hospital based services both local and tertiary.
h. The impact on substance and alcohol misuse services
i. The impact on sexual health services
j. The impact and costs of family members relocating to the area have not been adequately addressed.
k. The impact on dental services has not been adequately addressed.
l. The impact on pharmaceutical services and the prescribing and dispensing of drugs has not been adequately addressed.
m. The residual impact on NHS services healthcare for workers appear to be underestimated and may be due to the methodology using figures from the Hinkley and Olympic Park development where the wide availability of alternative NHS suppliers permitting self referral may have led to an underestimate of the true impact.
n. The GP workforce capacity calculations contained in the socio economic section are out of date and require updating to enable an accurate assessment of the impact on the local health service.
6. The ongoing impact on health services during the operational and de-commissioning stages.
7. Concern that some of Horizon’s planning is based on the planning and modelling work for Hinkley Point C and an English NHS model and does not adequately take into account the local and NHS Wales context.
8. The cumulative impact of the National Grid development on the above.
9. The arrangements for the ongoing monitoring of the health impacts during the building and operational phases.