Urged to Attend NHS "Shake-Up" Meetings to Query Proposals
Community health leaders have asked for people to attend the South Wales NHS shake-up meetings to query the proposals.
The public consultation for the changes has been announced last month, and the Community Health Council (CHC) want as many of the public to give their opinions to influence the changes.
The changes are expected to include cutting specialist departments and restricting A&E services as they say currently they are spread too thinly, but the plans have been met with public and political opposition.
NHS leaders believe services are currently spread too thinly and have warned that some specialist hospital services could collapse unless big changes are made to the way they are delivered.
The first three of more than 40 public meetings will be held today, and Dr Paul Worthington, chief officer of Cwm Taf Community Health Council (CHC), urged as many people as possible to attend the consultation meetings.
Objectors have already staged a protest in Pontypridd on Saturday against the proposals for Royal Glamorgan hospital.
Dr Paul Worthington Cwm Taf Community Health Council said:
There are an extensive number of meetings across south Wales and we are keen to see as many people as possible attend them.
It's an opportunity to hear about the proposals from the clinicians. The CHCs and the LHBs [local health boards] are really keen to hear what people have to say about the proposals and what their queries are.
For those unable to attend the meetings there are links on local health board websites where people can send in their views.
NHS PUBLIC MEETINGS
Monday: Gwernyfed High School, Three Cocks ; St David's Uniting Church, Pontypridd, (both 18:00- 20:00 BST) Cwrt Colman Manor, Pen-y-fai, Bridgend(18:30 – 20:30)
Tuesday: Ystrad Rhondda Sports Centre, (10:00 to 12:00)
Wednesday: Castle Room, Newport Centre (18:00 – 20:00); Aberavon Beach Hotel, Neath Port Talbot (18:30 – 20:30)
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