Commenting on the publication of consultation proposals to downgrade emergency departments in South Wales, Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, said:
“The options being considered by the NHS in south Wales are a direct result of Welsh Labour’s record-breaking NHS cuts which continue to have a devastating impact on our hospitals.
“Hacking back the range of emergency services provided at some Welsh hospitals is not going to solve the on-going crisis in demand. Instead, these plans will heap further pressure on our over-stretched and underperforming ambulance service, and force patients to travel further for live-saving care.
“It’s just weeks since the College of Emergency Medicine warned A and E departments are at the ‘point of meltdown’ and now is not the time to be slashing the life-saving services their hard-working staff provide.
“While sensible service modernisation should be welcomed, any plans to downgrade emergency departments in south Wales should be abandoned.”
South Wales Central Assembly Member and Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:
“Before the last Assembly election, Carwyn Jones promised that no Welsh hospitals would be closed or downgraded.
“Today’s plans are yet further clear evidence that this promise has been broken.
“This is still at consultation stage and we will push health boards – and ministers – to listen to, and act upon, the views of local people.”