Welsh Liberal Democrats in Rhondda Cynon Taff are angered at the announcement that changes to services at the Royal Glamorgan hospital will go ahead as proposed despite massive public opposition.
Councillor Mike Powell said
"There are times when we hate to say we told you so, but in this case we were clear following the public meeting held earlier this year that the proposed option would go ahead.
"Cwm Taf Chief Executive and Chair came forward with a press release which fudged the whole issue and talked of compromise and regional working, but this was merely designed to try and confuse the public and ease the pressure.
"People saw the headlines and thought there was a chance that services would be retained. Today's announcement,again caged in terms such as 'local service models,' again avoid laying on the line the fact that Cwm Taf Health Board have sold out the people in this area."
RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts added
"The consultation responses gave very clear, valid reasons for the retention of services at the Royal Glamorgan, in particular in relation to neo natal care. The overwhelming demand is in this area.
"Given the concerns raised in recent months over several aspects of the care and service at hospitals in neighbouring Health Board areas the public are rightly going to feel uneasy and angry at these proposals."