Reacting to the news that Cwm Taf University Health Board is to be placed under enhanced monitoring status by the Labour Government in Wales following a number of areas for concern, Leanne Wood – the Plaid Cymru AM for the Rhondda - said: “This is concerning news for everyone within the Cwm Taf University Health Board area.
“We knew that there had been problems with the maternity department. Many constituents have made contact with me about heart-rending experiences of childbirth over the years.
“Now it appears that there are a number of other areas of concern within the health board.
“Failure to comply with health and safety regulations, not acting upon Health Inspectorate Wales recommendations, substandard serious incident reporting and no evidence of compliance with the Nurse Staffing Act point to a situation which needs to change and swiftly.
“Until their house is put in order, Cwm Taf’s plans to take on extra responsibility with the transfer of health services over from Bridgend should be postponed.
“It would irresponsible to take on extra responsibilities while so many services are in need of urgent improvement.”
Ms Wood added: “As we have seen with the Betsi Cadwaladr health board, the Labour Government has taken their eye off the ball when it comes to the NHS. They have been in charge of the NHS in Wales since 1999 and must take responsibility for this state of affairs.
“This is not just bad news for patients but it is also bad news for staff who are hard-working, dedicated and want what is best for the NHS but are being undermined by poor political leadership from the Labour Government.”
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