Hospital shake-up deadline

Friday July 19 is the last day for responding to controversial plans to reorganise hospital services in south Wales.

Hospital shake-up would lead to 'serious and unequalled' pressures

Today was the deadline for patients to have their say on controversial plans to shake up the hospital network across South Wales and parts of Powys.

Health chiefs say A&E and maternity services must be reduced in one of the region's hospitals. They'd prefer that to be the Royal Glamorgan in Llantrisant.

But a former minister says that would cause 'serious and unequalled' pressures and that if services are to be reduced, they should be cut in Bridgend. Political Editor Adrian Masters reports.

Hospital changes could create 'serious and unequalled pressures' in Cardiff says ex-minister

In his submission, Leighton Andrews sets out his objections and concerns. They're listed below. Option 3 involves reducing A&E and maternity services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant. Option 4 would see them remain there but reduced at the Princess of Wales hospital in Bridgend.

  • Option 3 will result in serious and unequalled pressures on maternity and neo-natal services at the UHW in Cardiff
  • Option 4 would address this risk
  • South Wales Programme Board conclusions that 80% of patients will continue to be treated at Royal Glamorgan are wrong
  • The financial arguments are significantly in favour of Option 4
  • Option 3 will produce worse health outcomes and accentuate health inequalities
  • Travel issues for patient visitors and elective patients have not been properly considered
  • Emergency journey times would increase and treatment outcomes for those in the most significant areas of deprivation could be worsened

But he says health chiefs should consider an alternative which includes both Princess of Wales and the Royal Glamorgan managed jointly.

As an alternative, the South Wales Programme should consider a further option, based around a joint governance model for the two M4 corridor hospitals at Princess of Wales and Royal Glamorgan, with consultant-led facilities being managed across the two hospitals


Don't make it a choice between Carwyn's local hospital and mine says ex-minister

Former Education Minister Leighton Andrews has responded to plans to reduce A&E and maternity services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

Mr Andrews was forced to resign after publicly campaigning for the Royal Glamorgan, which serves his Rhondda constituency. He'd also become involved in a row over a proposed school closure. He is now formally submitting evidence on the hospital plans, on the day that consultation closes.

He says given a choice between the health boards' preferred option of reducing services at the Royal Glamorgan and the alternatives they have offered, he would choose cutbacks at the Princess of Wales hospital in Carwyn Jones' Bridgend constituency. But he says it should be possible to compromise.

We should have a joint management of services across the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and the Princess of Wales. There ought to be ways of sharing consultant-led services there

– Rhondda AM Leighton Andrews