A Plaid Cymru MS has raised the a proposed cut of the hours for two minor injuries units with the Labour Government.
Peredur Owen Griffiths, who represents the South Wales East region, brought up the current consultation to limit the hours of the minor injury units at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny and Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach.
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has embarked on a 12 week consultation to shut the units between 1am and 7am each night. The consultation closes on December 1st.
During questions to Health Minister Eluned Morgan, Peredur said: “We all know that A&E is under incredible pressure throughout the country and we've heard questions about that from the two spokesmen just now.
“This creates a miserable experience, not just for patients, but also for staff who work there.
“I'm surprised therefore to see that the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is proposing to reduce the opening times of two of their minor injuries units, Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny and Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach.
“In the case of Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, it's proposing making permanent what was billed as a temporary reduction of hours during COVID.
“Given that minor injury units are seen as a key component in a strategy to ease pressure on A&E departments, is it not a retrograde step, and will this make the Grange University Hospital an even longer and more frustrating experience for anyone visiting their A&E department and heap more pressure on the staff working there?”
The Health Minister responded by saying that additional investments were being made at The Grange Hospital.
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