Removal of out of hours GP service highlights disgrace of Labour’s false promises
The Welsh Labour Government has announced that they are putting £10m extra in the NHS in order to "help secure and improve primary care services across Wales, ensuring they are the engine room of the Welsh NHS."
The Deputy Minister said that "Our aim is to improve access to and the quality of primary care, enabling more people to be treated and cared for closer to their homes."
Yet at the same time Cwm Taf University health Board have announced their decision to remove the out of hours GP service from Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda and Ysbyty Cwm Cynon and centralise it at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Talbot Green and Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.
RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts says this is one of the most blatant example yet of Labour saying one thing and doing another with regard to the Health Service.
"It is absolutely disgraceful that on the one hand you have media headlines from the Minister promising better primary care and on the other you have the Health Board making such decisions.
"Yet again we are getting a raw deal whilst local Labour politicians do nothing more than seek headlines and make false promises about how they are allegedly protecting the Welsh NHS.
"On their watch we have already lost vital critical care services from the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and now people in the Rhondda and Cynon Valley are going to have to travel further to access out of hours GP services. "
"How much more are we expected to take?"
The Deputy Minister said that "Our aim is to improve access