Operations cancelled at Royal Glamorgan due to doctor shortage

Cwm Taf Health Board says it has cancelled operations as a temporary measure due to a shortage of junior doctors. Credit: ITV News Wales

A number of operations at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant have been cancelled because of a shortage of junior doctors.

Cwm Taf Health Board says it's a temporary measure and it's apologising to anyone who's affected.

The hospital has been left with staff shortages after failing to recruit enough trainee doctors.

The Health Board said the shortage has meant it has had to cancel a number of operations in orthopaedics due to take place in the summer months.

The health trust which runs the Royal Glamorgan says it has had to cancel a number of operations in orthopaedics because of a shortage in trainee doctors and has offered its apologies to those efffected.

But they're not alone - all over the country, hospitals are facing the same problem.

Last month it was announced that acute medical serves at hospitals in Neath Port Talbot would have to end because of a lack of doctors.

Dr Kamal Asaad, Medical Director at Cwm Taf Health Board said:

Cwm Taf Health Board, in common with other parts of the NHS in the UK, is experiencing difficulties recruiting trainee doctors. We currently have a shortage of junior doctors in orthopaedics and, as a temporary measure, we have had to cancel a number of operations scheduled to take place at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, in Llantrisant, over the summer months. Cwm Taf Health Board is currently advertising for trainee doctors to ensure patients have timely access to orthopaedic surgery. It is never an easy decision to cancel a patient's operation and we are writing to all those who will be affected to offer our sincere apologies.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said:

The shortage of doctors in certain specialties is a problem facing all parts of the UK, including Wales. We are responding with the Work for Wales campaign to raise awareness of the opportunities and benefits of working for the health service in Wales. Wales has a lot to offer medical professionals, from free accommodation for those just starting out in their training, to schemes that reward staff for developing ideas that benefit patient care, to the unique opportunities at senior consultant level in terms of leading innovations in care.