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Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board has drafted proposals to downgrade the accident and emergency department at Llantrisant’s Royal Glamorgan Hospital due to a shortage of A&E consultants.
The long-term future of the hospital’s A&E department has been in doubt since the South Wales Programme was published in 2013.
While there’s no suggestion yet that A&E services would be completely removed, the two options reportedly on the table include replacing the A&E department with a nurse-led minor injuries unit or restricting consultant-led services to daytime hours only.
Leanne Wood AM (Plaid, Rhondda) said: “The poor workforce planning from successive Labour health ministers means Wales has one of the lowest doctor-to-population ratios in Europe.”
A joint statement from Mick Antoniw AM and Alex Davies-Jones MP (both Lab, Pontypridd) said: “….we are strongly opposed to any reconfiguration that results in a material dilution of A&E services at the Royal Glamorgan.”