In response to the news that the Royal Glamorgan Hospital will be restricting its services due to a rise in covid transmissions, Plaid Cymru Rhondda MS, Leanne Wood said: “This is deeply concerning news, as is the rise in infection figures for the Royal Glamorgan.
"I know many people who have been waiting for medical procedures who have already had them cancelled - and so this news is going to provide for great anxiety for many people.
“I have many questions about this - how can extra capacity be organised quickly to make sure area are kept covid free, enabling elective work to continue? Can unused capacity - like for example the empty wards at Ysbyty George Thomas be utilised to help this situation? And can this be done quickly so that there is as little further disruption to people’s lives?
“Are there improvements that can be made in terms of regularly testing of all staff as well as patients - those with symptoms and without, as has been done in care homes for some time?
“Losing access to our A&E will mean people will have to travel further and this will be a cause of concern too - as was seen in the recent successful campaign to save it. We need to get the situation at our hospital under control and all the stops need to be pulled out to get there, so these measures are in place for as short a time as possible.
“I feel for the all of the staff who are already tired out after a gruelling Spring and early Summer - that after dealing with the closure threat and now this. They deserve all the protections that can be provided. I will be asking questions and raising these issues with the minister and the health board today.”
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