NEWS that the A&E department at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant will stay open has been welcomed by Bridgend MP Jamie Wallis.
Welsh Conservative Dr Wallis had supported the campaign to retain the 24 hour department when it was being threatened with being downgraded either to a Minor Injuries Unit or into a daytime-only service.
Dr Wallis said: “I applaud the residents throughout the Cwm Taf health board area who fought against what was always a ludicrous proposal. My fear was the knock-on effect on the A&E department at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend which would have been put under intolerable pressure if Llantristant had closed. There would have been no way they could have coped with a surge of extra patients.
“I was particular critical of the health board because it tried to justify its decision by saying that it could not recruit the full time A&E consultants that were needed. I was asking about what steps they had taken to recruit and why things had been allowed to drift for years to the point where the last full time consultant was retiring in March.
“Now, it appears that they have managed to recruit to these vacant posts – something that everybody always believed would happen when the threat of the department’s long-term closure was lifted.”