Patients being turned away from Rhondda surgeries "a scandal" says local AM

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Plaid Cymru Leader and local Assembly Member for the Rhondda, Leanne Wood has today described the situation of GP surgeries in Rhondda as "a scandal."

Leanne Wood AM has learnt that Maerdy surgery was forced to close due to staff shortages, with patients being turned away and referred to Ferndale surgery, only to be told there that there were no appointments available.

The Assembly Member for the Rhondda said that the situation summed up the Labour Welsh Government's failure to plan the NHS workforce properly and reiterated Plaid Cymru's call for the government to adopt its '1,000 doctors' policy to tackle staff shortages in the Rhondda and other Welsh communities enduring the same.
Leanne Wood AM said:

"In the birthplace of the NHS, it is a scandal that people are being turned away from surgeries in the Rhondda and elsewhere in Wales.

"These are people in need of urgent medical care and attention and they are being failed by poor workforce planning on behalf of the Labour Welsh Government and its denial surrounding the staffing crisis facing the NHS.

"We already know that Wales is among the worst countries in Europe as far as the number of doctors per head of the population goes. That is why Plaid Cymru has been pushing its 1,000 doctors policy to tackle this staff shortage and bring down waiting times for patients.

"The situation in Maerdy and Ferndale is unacceptable. The NHS was founded on the principle of universal access which is now being denied to people in need.

"I have written to Allison Williams, the chief executive of Cwm Taf University Health Board, requesting that she acts urgently to resolve this problem. Patients deserve nothing less."

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