The campaign to save the Accident and Emergency Unit at the Royal Glam Hospital reached the National Assembly in Cardiff today. The meeting was addressed by Adam Price and Leanne Wood from Plaid Cymru.
Many speakers called for the sacking of the Health Minister for his failure to intervene in the plans to downgrade the A&E Dept.
Chad Rickard from Rhydyfelin said:
"The A & E at Llantrisant is a crucial part of the health services for RCT. The plans put forward by the Health Board put lives at risk."
"The campaign to save the A&E is attracting support from all accross the political spectrum and that is crucial if we are to save the department but the Health Minister's failure to step in together with the First Ministers abdication of any responsibility is shameful."
"We must keep up the pressure on the Health Board and the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay."
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Mr Rickard said: “Royal Glamorgan Accident and Emergency unit served 5000 people through December. Many of us have personal experience of using it and the removal of services will hit us all hard. Members of my family have been admitted four times in the last six months alone.
“Many have focused their fire on the local health board, but ultimately this is a political decision, the responsibility for the Welsh NHS lies in the hands of the Labour Welsh Government.
“They are accountable for the health service in Wales, regardless of how much they’d like to pretend they are completely divorced from this process. And they can save services, now, if they decide to intervene.
“It is important that everyone does their bit to save our services at the A&E and its great to see the campaign that is being fought so hard by people from across Rhondda Cynon Taf and beyond.”
“If you want to see services improved at Royal Glam rather than removed, than email or Facebook your AM, MP and Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board to let them know how you feel. It is important we keep up the pressure.”