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
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