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Labour has 'spectacularly failed' NHS - Lib Dem 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.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader

Hospital changes 'admission of Labour failure' - Plaid

Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood's response to proposals for the future of hospital services in South Wales:

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.

– Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader

And commenting specifically on proposals affecting the Royal Glamorgan hospital in Llantrisant, she said:

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.

– Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader

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Conservatives condemn 'hacking back' of A&E

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.

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.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health MInister

Plans to change hospital services expected

The region is the latest to face re-organisation after proposals for other parts of the country Credit: ITV News Wales

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.

Number of beds reduced in hospital ward due to 'refurbishment work'

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.

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Ombudsman: Cwm Taf Health Board 'missed opportunity' to diagnose and treat woman who died

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.

Patients in limbo after surgeries cancelled

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.

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