The Rhondda AM has criticised the Labour Government in Wales for the likelihood of the Royal Glamorgan losing 24 hour consultant-led services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.
Leanne Wood AM said it was “unacceptable” that people in the Rhondda could be forced to travel further for life-saving treatment as a result of Labour Health Ministers failure to plan for the future.
During a Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board briefing for local AMs, MPs & council leaders, health chiefs put forward their preferred solutions to a chronic lack of A&E consultants across their district general hospitals.
One of the preferred solutions is to deliver an enhanced minor injuries unit at the Royal Glamorgan which would remove consultant-led services completely. The other preferred option would be to restrict consultant-led services to the day, with nurses supervising through the night.
“Many people living in the Rhondda are angry about these plans, and rightly so,” said Leanne. “We’ve already lost so many services.
“Labour’s lack of workforce planning over 21 years of running the NHS in Wales is now reaching its conclusion. We warned them six years ago that they needed to enact a plan to dramatically increase the number of doctors being trained and recruited into the system.
“Plaid Cymru published detailed plans on how Wales could get an extra 1,000 doctors. The government chose to ridicule and ignore those plans to concentrate on downgrading services.
“What now see is a dangerous shortage of consultants in Welsh hospitals, largely down to successive Labour Governments failing to do what was necessary and plan for the future. I’m angry about the difficult position that hospital staff and patients have been put in.
“It is completely unacceptable and I intend to do whatever I can together with people in the Rhondda to secure the future of Accident and Emergency provision at the Royal Glamorgan.
“Plaid Cymru will be campaigning for support to retain consultant-led services as close to home here in the Rhondda as is possible.”
A Plaid Cymru-organised public meeting to discuss the health board’s proposals for A&E will be held at Porth Harlequins RFC on Monday February 3rd at 6.30pm. All are welcome.