Open Letter to Vaughan Gething AM - Minister for Health

Open Letter to Vaughan Gething AM - Minister for Health from Rhondda residents 

Llythyr Agored at Vaughan Gething AC - Y Gweinidog Iechyd gan drigolion Rhondda

Dear Health Minister,

We note the vote that took place in the Senedd on 12th February 2020 which showed that the democratic will of our elected representatives is to retain a 24-hour, consultant-led A&E department at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. 

We would like to emphasise that those of us who live in the Rhondda will have further to travel in a life threatening emergency if the proposals are realised. 

We also note the difficulty that Cwm Tâf Health Board have faced in recruiting suitable consultants. We contend that their job is being hindered by the decision taken in 2014 to reconfigure A&E services as part of the South Wales Programme.

We call on you as Health Minister to intervene as a matter of urgency. We call on you to support the Health Board to recruit the necessary professional staff to ensure a safe and sustained 24-hour consultant-led service at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital by removing the aspects of the South Wales Programme which relate to the downgrading of A&E services there.

An announcement from you indicating your support for the continuation of the current service will provide the certainty that is lacking and hampering recruitment efforts. We would also like to see you as Welsh Government directly support the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board recruitment process.


Annwyl Weinidog

Rydym yn nodi’r bleidlais a gynhaliwyd yn y Senedd ar 12 Chwefror 2020 a ddangosodd mai ewyllys democrataidd ein cynrychiolwyr etholedig yw cadw adran frys 24-awr dan arweiniad meddygon ymgynghorol yn Ysbyty Brenhinol Morgannwg.

Hoffem bwysleisio y bydd gan y rhai ohonom sy'n byw yn y Rhondda ymhellach i deithio mewn argyfwng sy'n bygwth bywyd os gwireddir y cynigion.

Rydym hefyd yn nodi’r anhawster a wynebodd Bwrdd Iechyd Cwm Tâf i recriwtio meddygon ymgynghorol addas. Credwn fod eu gwaith yn cael ei rwystro gan y penderfyniad a gymerwyd yn 2014 i ail-ffurfio gwasanaethau brys fel rhan o Raglen De Cymru.

Galwn arnoch chi fel Gweinidog Iechyd i ymyrryd fel mater o frys. Galwn arnoch i gefnogi’r Bwrdd Iechyd i recriwtio’r staff proffesiynol angenrheidiol i sicrhau gwasanaeth diogel estynedig 24-awr dan arweiniad meddygon ymgynghorol yn Ysbyty Brenhinol Morgannwg trwy dynnu allan agweddau o Raglen De Cymru sy’n ymwneud ag israddio gwasanaethau’r adran frys yno.

Byddai cyhoeddiad gennych chi yn dangos eich cefnogaeth i barhau â’r gwasanaeth presennol yn rhoi’r sicrwydd nad yw’n bod ar hyn o bryd ac sy’n rhwystro ymdrechion i recriwtio. Hoffem hefyd eich gweld fel Llywodraeth Cymru yn cefnogi proses recriwtio Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Cwm Tâf Morgannwg yn uniongyrchol.

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  • Deanna Lindley
    signed 2020-03-04 22:06:58 +0000
  • Diane Davies
    signed 2020-03-04 21:53:32 +0000
  • Rachel Johnson
    signed 2020-03-04 21:00:54 +0000
  • Genni Altomari
    signed 2020-03-04 20:25:31 +0000
    Genni Altomari
  • Ellen Parry
    signed 2020-03-04 20:21:03 +0000
  • Robert Holly
    signed 2020-03-04 20:18:17 +0000
  • Julie Prior
    signed 2020-03-04 20:17:17 +0000
    During the recent bad weather people needing an A&E department were unable to reach Prince Charles in Merthyr or Princess of Wales at Bridgend. This causes hugh delays in people receiving the care they need which could have resulted in loss of life. Once again the valleys are a throw away society which the government easily writes off
  • Debbie Hill
    signed 2020-03-04 20:10:53 +0000
    Debbie Hill
  • Glenn Stephens
    signed 2020-03-04 19:37:44 +0000
    Glenn Stephens
  • Gill Reid
    signed 2020-03-04 19:34:44 +0000
  • Dan Fallon
    signed 2020-03-04 19:30:36 +0000
  • Janice Fallon
    signed 2020-03-04 19:28:42 +0000
    Our A & E department needs to be kept open, lives will be put at risk if closure takes place.
  • Faye Fallon
    followed this page 2020-03-04 19:26:18 +0000
  • Faye Fallon
    signed 2020-03-04 19:25:33 +0000
    People will lose lives if Royal Glamorgan A and E is closed.
  • Alwyn Eynon
    signed 2020-03-04 19:16:09 +0000
  • Neil Dowler
    signed 2020-03-04 19:10:33 +0000
  • sue moodie
    signed 2020-03-04 19:07:23 +0000
  • Alison Jones
    signed 2020-03-04 18:56:12 +0000
  • Jessica Thomas
    signed 2020-03-04 18:53:04 +0000
  • Anne Smith
    signed 2020-03-04 18:08:47 +0000
  • Elizabeth Owen
    signed 2020-03-04 17:53:39 +0000
  • Anita Sackett
    signed 2020-03-04 16:38:02 +0000
  • Derek Donovan
    signed 2020-03-04 16:32:54 +0000
    Please do what’s right and follow the will of the people.
  • Gaynor Gibbs
    signed 2020-03-04 16:26:14 +0000
  • Ian Morgan
    signed 2020-03-04 16:10:09 +0000
  • Rebekah Galliford
    signed 2020-03-04 16:08:18 +0000
    This stupidity will not stand. Do something.
  • Ceri Griffiths
    signed 2020-03-04 15:32:29 +0000
  • Gaynor Rees
    signed 2020-03-04 14:49:43 +0000
  • paula walters
    signed 2020-03-04 13:51:44 +0000
  • keith Harries
    signed 2020-03-04 12:53:43 +0000
    Will be catastrophic for everyone in the valleys if this facility is closed. The A&E departments in the alternative hospitals cannot cope with the numbers attending at the moment so will be swamped if this closure goes ahead. Why didn’t the board sort out the recruitment problem years ago? Their incompetence should result in consequences for them allowing more competent people to take over.

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