Health switch makes sense

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - Rho­dri Evans Mor­ris­ton, Swansea

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.

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