A consultation has been launched on the future of some major health services in south and south-east Wales.
Areas including A&E care, children's services, and maternity and neonatal care could be affected. A consultation has been launched.
A number of operations at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant have been cancelled because of a shortage of junior doctors.
Responding to the news that Labour politicians including one Welsh Government minister have set up a campaign to protect accident and emergency services at Royal Glamorgan hospital in Llantrisant, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said:
The campaign to ensure safe NHS services as close to people’s homes as possible should be broad-based. A proper community campaign which can unite all of us who have concerns about the loss of services from the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and further centralisation would be the best way ahead.
– Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader
A Labour minister, with a direct voice in the government that is making these changes is in a good position to halt these proposals now. If the plans are not halted, then I would imagine that big questions as to whether this is political posturing are bound to be asked. Plaid Cymru will work with anyone who is interested in fighting to save local services at hospitals like the Royal Glamorgan. We very much hope that the fight will be a successful one – failure is not an option when lives could be put at risk
– Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader
Labour has spectacularly failed our NHS over the past decade and this whole reorganisation process is down to their incompetence.
If the South Wales plans follow the same pattern as what we’ve seen in North and Mid Wales, I have real concerns that patients will not be able to be treated in the right place, at the right time, staffed with the appropriate levels of skills.
Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood's response to proposals for the future of hospital services in South Wales:
– Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader
Today’s news is an admission of the Welsh Government’s failure to deliver these services. Labour has been in charge of health in Wales for the last 14 years; ever since the advent of devolution.
**The Party of Wales has spent a decade warning about these service reductions and we have proposed numerous positive alternative solutions. We must make Wales an attractive place for doctors to live and work.
And commenting specifically on proposals affecting the Royal Glamorgan hospital in Llantrisant, she said:
– Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader
The people of Rhondda Cynon Taf will be very concerned to discover that critical services could be taken from the Royal Glamorgan hospital in Llantrisant, including from its A&E department, which is the preferred option of hospital chiefs.
RCT is an area where many of the residents have chronic health problems, the road network is poor and the local ambulance service has the worst performance in Wales for responding to life-threatening emergency calls.
In response to the proposals for hospitals in South Wales which have just been announced, Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar says:
Hacking back the range of emergency services provided at some Welsh hospitals is not going to solve the on-going crisis in demand. Instead, these plans will heap further pressure on our over-stretched and underperforming ambulance service, and force patients to travel further for live-saving care.
– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health MInister
It’s just weeks since the College of Emergency Medicine warned A and E departments are at the ‘point of meltdown’ and now is not the time to be slashing the life-saving services their hard-working staff provide.
While sensible service modernisation should be welcomed, any plans to downgrade emergency departments in south Wales should be abandoned.
A shake-up of hospital services is due to be announced today for South Wales and Powys.
It's expected several A&E departments will be affected as part of plans to modernise NHS services around Wales.
A hospital in Rhondda Cynon Taf will be temporarily reducing the number of beds on its dementia assessment ward while refurbishment work is carried out.
The number of beds in the Seren ward at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital will go down from 30 to 20 from the start of January.
The hospital says the work, which will involve removing existing walls and building new ones, is necessary to ensure patients "continue to be treated in a high-quality environment".
The health board says that patients who need a hospital assessment during the refurbishment work will be admitted to Seren ward if beds are available or to a bed elsewhere in Cwm Taf Health Board area until one becomes free on Seren ward.
The work is expected to last up to 12 weeks.
A woman who complained to Cwm Taf Health Board about her mother's treatment has had her complaint upheld by the Ombudsman for Wales.
The daughter complained that after taking her mother to Royal Glamorgan Hospital clinicians failed to take appropriate action after a blood test result indicated that she could have thrombosis.
Her mother died two days after she was discharged in May 2010.
Pulmonary thromboembolism was recorded as the main cause of death.
The Ombudsman said that the daughter believes if prompt action had been taken after the result came back as positive then her mother's death could have been prevented.
An investigation found that the test was seen by a nurse before the mother was discharged and that her blood result was positive.
It found that the test result did not seem to have been "appropriately considered, if at all" by the doctor who made the decision to discharge her, or by the consultant who had overall responsibility for her care.
The Ombudsman concluded:
"The failure to consider and act on the positive test result before making the decision to send the mother home fell below an acceptable standard of care. This failing gave rise to a missed opportunity to make the correct diagnosis and to treat her appropriately.
" The treatment that should have been given might have prevented her death.The investigation also identified a number of additional failings on the part of the health board."
The complaint was upheld by the Ombudsman and it was recommended that the health board should provide explanations and an apology to the patient's daughter.
The health board was told to pay £5,000 to Mrs Y's family.
One of Wales' newest hospitals is cancelling operations because it can't recruit enough junior doctors.
Staff at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, which serves much of the South Wales valleys, said patients waiting for orthopaedic surgery will be affected throughout the summer months.
Ronald Davies from Porth in the Rhondda has been waiting in agony for the last eighteen months for knee surgery.
But now his surgery has been postponed and he doesn't know when he will get into the operating theatre.
Rob Osborne reports.