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Health shake-up announced

A consultation has been launched on the future of some major health services in south and south-east Wales. They include A&E care, maternity, neo-natal and in-patient children's services. Health chiefs say the current system is 'unsustainable'.

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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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