Plaid leader will raise plans to withdraw hospital junior doctors with health chiefs.

19/11/2014

Plaid Cymru’s group leader on Caerphilly council, Councillor Colin Mann, has called for a rethink on plans to withdraw junior doctors from Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr (YYF) in Ystrad Mynach.

He will raise the issue directly with the chair and chief executive of Aneurin Bevan Heath Board.

Councillor Mann said that proposals by Wales Postgraduate Deanery to withdraw junior doctors were causing dismay among residents of the county borough.

"The reasons behind the decision should be addressed. The message I’m getting loud and clear is that many people don't attend YYF because they are not sure of what services are available. Things are more settled now but many people still remember the early days when many were sent to other hospitals, at times for treatment which they should have received at YYF.

"It is important to enhance the level of treatment available in the Minor Injuries Unit and properly publicise so it is used and this is up to the health board. A 24-hour service has been the consistent promise given to the 170,000 plus population of the Caerphilly County Borough and this promise must not be broken."

Councillor Mann added: "YYF is a superb facility but one which is certainly under-used in certain areas, in particular minor injuries. Better use of the facilities would relieve pressure on other hospitals in the area, such as the Royal Gwent, University Hospital of Wales, Heath and Prince Charles hospitals which are under extreme pressure most of the time.

"I intend raising this matter at forthcoming meeting with the Chair and Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan Health Board later this month and I have also written to the Postgraduate Deanery urging them to re-consider the matter."