Health switch makes sense
I WAS interested to read the article (Glamorgan Gazette, September 21) regarding the plan to transfer Princess of Wales Hospital and Maesteg Hospital, plus other health centres, GP services, etc. from ABMU Health Board to Cwm Taf Board.
In terms of geography, it makes sense to me, and talking to a number of people, most agree it is logical. Bridgend has always been classed as South EAST Wales, has a CF postcode, and is now one of 10 council areas in the Cardiff City Region, and in most cases faces eastward in outlook.
The neighbouring counties of Neath Port Talbot and Swansea are in South WEST Wales, have SA postcodes, and so I have thought it rather odd for many years that ABMU should straddle this natural division.
With Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, plus Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, forming the Swansea Bay Region, the health boundary would be out of line.
As a former NHS employee, and also several times a patient too, I have nothing but praise for the dedication of staff, and doubtless some will disagree with me, but I feel the proposal should go ahead as Bridgend hospitals could then work more closely with Royal Glamorgan Hospital just down the road. The Cwm Taf board would then follow the old Mid Glamorgan boundary with Merthyr and Rhondda Cynon Taf.