The decision on the reorganisation of hospital services in South Wales is to be delayed, because, health chiefs say, of the unexpectedly large number of responses received to the consultation which ended in July.
There were more than 53,000 responses in the form of questionnaires, standard letters and detailed responses and they say they need the extra time to evaluate them.
A major campaign was set in motion in RCT to fight for the retention of services at the Royal Glamorgan. The consultation document outlined a 'best fit' option in which in patient paediatric, severe trauma, neonatal and consultant led maternity services would be removed from the hospital.
RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats put in a lengthy submission, as did several leading local members.
Campaign Manager Karen Roberts said
"Whilst it is excellent news that the public engaged in this important consultation in such huge numbers, it will no doubt be a source of frustration for many that the outcome will not now be known for another few months.
"Staff in particular will be anxiously awaiting the eventual outcome of the exercise, which may be some way off. If the health boards don't reach agreement then it will have to be put to the Welsh Labour Government to decide.
"However there is little doubt that the service cannot continue as it is, it is unsustainable and unsafe. It is in the best interest of everyone to make a decision and implement it properly as soon as possible."
The South Wales Programme
RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats put in a lengthy submission,