Leanne Calls on Welsh Government to Allay Fears At Local Health Board

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Rhondda AM Leanne Wood has raised concerns about the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in the National Assembly of Wales.

Ms Wood was speaking in plenary following contact with a member of staff at the hospital who told her of low morale and staff leaving. She called for a statement from the health minister to reassure worried patients and staff at Cwm Taf University Health Board.

Leanne’s intervention came in the same week it was revealed by the Welsh Government that “a number of immediate quality and safety concerns” were raised following an inspection of the maternity department earlier this month.

Cwm Taf University Health Board is currently under enhanced monitoring due to issues within the maternity departments of its hospital. Leanne also met with Marcus Longley, the chairman of Cwm Taf, to discuss the problems being experienced by the health board. 

Rhondda AM Leanne Wood said: “I was concerned to hear from a member of staff at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital about low morale and staff leaving. They made a number of allegations about doctors and nurses leaving the hospital because they don’t want to work there after the loss of consultants due to the centralisation agenda of health bosses and the Labour Government.

“Accounts like this, in addition to the problems we have seen in the maternity department – which needed urgent action to improve services following an inspection this month - doesn’t inspire confidence. I will be seeking explanations from Cwm Taf University Health Board bosses at the earliest opportunity.”

Leanne added: “I feel for patients using these services but I also feel for the staff working at the hospital who are giving their all in difficult conditions.

“I hope the enhanced monitoring that the Welsh Government has put upon Cwm Taf University Health Board will soon improve matters and make their hospitals – and the Royal Glamorgan in particular as it is the nearest district general hospital to the Rhondda – a better place for patients and staff.”

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