AM in scrutiny plea in row over hospital shake-up

27 September 2012

ABERAVON AM David Rees has stepped in to the row over the closure of acute medical services at Neath Port Talbot Hospital by calling for closer scrutiny of services at Morriston Hospital to ensure they do not become overloaded.

Assembly Member David Rees on Aberavon seafront

David Rees AM on Aberavon seafront

Mr Rees attended a public meeting on the issue last week at the Dalton Road community centre in Sandfields at which several participants expressed concern about queues and patient safety at the accident and emergency department of the Swansea hospital to which most Port Talbot residents are now taken.

Mr Rees said: “The transfer of services from Neath Port Talbot Hospital to Morriston Hospital has caused an inevitable increase in the workload at Morriston Hospital.

“However, some constituents have commented that, when they attended the hospital, the additional pressure had been noticeable.”

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board closed the acute medical services at Neath Port Talbot Hospital earlier this month, citing clinicians’ concerns about patient safety following long-standing problems recruiting sufficient numbers of doctors.

Mr Rees added: “While clinicians and doctors have assured us this is the safest way to provide high quality services to Neath Port Talbot, it is vital that we ensure services at Morriston do not become overloaded.

“This can only be guaranteed by close scrutiny of services over the coming months, and I have written to the chief executive of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board to express my concerns and seek reassurances on the service delivery at Morriston Hospital.

“While we are in a regrettable situation, we must work with medical professionals to ensure we find realistic and effective solutions to the problems we now face.

“During these tough times our focus must be on ensuring that the people of Neath Port Talbot have access to the safest and highest quality health care possible.”

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