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April 2022

Has Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board introduced this new service because patients have to wait so long for treatment?

Introduction of New Service to Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board - Wellness Improvement Service (WISE)Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health board are proud to announce the official opening of the We

Welsh Labour’s unmotivated NHS plan

Commenting on the news, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Minister for Health, Russell George MS said:
“Twenty-three years of Labour mismanagement has seen the NHS breaking all the wrong records in Wales.


  • Vodafone’s Lions Legacy Tour sees rugby legends help raise over £10,000 for Aberdare RFC.
  • British & Irish Lion Wyn Jones, Welsh Women’s captain, Ffion Lews; Wales U20 Captain, Alex Mann; and Welsh strength and conditioning coach and former international, Huw Bennett, visited the

Welsh landowner guilty of felling eight hectares of woodland in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

A landowner has been found guilty of illegally felling a large woodland in a Welsh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in what investigating officers called one of the worst offences seen in 30 years.

New Endoscopy Pilot at Royal Glamorgan Hospital

The endoscopy team at Royal Glamorgan Hospital is taking part in a pilot project aimed at transforming the way that endoscopies are performed, to reduce waiting times and to increase patient comfort.Led by Consultant Hepatologist Dr Dai Samuel, the project is trialling the use of trans nasal endosco

Labour in Cardiff Bay government spends £150k on “woke” jobs

The Labour Government in Cardiff Bay spent £150,000 on four diversity officers last year, leading to accusations that they are more interested in “woke” issues than dealing with everyday problems like the cost-of-living.A Freedom of Information request revealed that “there are four staff in roles wh

Cefnpennar Road culvert network provided inadequate standards of protection in free-flowing and blockage conditions why? Years of lack of investment by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council?

The council allowed development on the Cwmbach floodplain and this is the result when all that water from the mountains reaches the floodplain, no train service factory units flooded Asda flooded, how much of this flooding could have been avoided?

Audiology Department Relocation

Due to service needs the Audiology Department previously situated at Prince Charles Hospital has now been permanently relocated to Keir Hardie University Health Park.Patients due an appointment with the Audiology Department should now have been informed that this change has taken place via letter or

Looking forward to another 5 years of Labour in control? Happy paying more for less?

We are a safe Labour Borough and as a safe Labour borough and the continuity of Labour Leadership in Rhondda Cynon Taf since 2004 we have been able to rise your council tax year on year and we have managed to cut many public services and then charge you extra for the services that were provided with

Voting Labour risks congestion charges for workers and tourists

The Welsh Conservatives are calling on ministers in Cardiff Bay to rule out making regulations that would allow Labour councils to pursue plans to push forward with economically illiterate and anti-worker taxes.A Welsh Conservative motion recently put before Cardiff Council saw Labour refuse to vote

Breast Cancer Awareness in Rhydyfelin

Residents of Rhydyfelin have had their hands full collecting unwanted bras for Against Breast Cancer, a cancer research charity. 

Worst A&E waits and longest treatment list in NHS Wales history – under Labour

Wales experienced its worst-ever A&E waiting times last month – all the while NHS treatment lists have reached record heights for the 22nd month in a row and ambulance services are in turmoil.Latest Welsh NHS data for February showed the highest ever number of patients waiting for treatment with

Happy 10th Birthday but, the Minor Injuries Unit atYsbyty Cwm Cynon is closed

The Minor Injuries Unit at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon is currently closed and will reopen in early 2022. Please use the A&E department at Prince Charles Hospital instead of this service.


Top 100 UK law firm, Hugh James, has been appointed by the specialist bereavement charity ‘2wish’ as its sole legal partner - to support those affected by sudden death in young people across Wales.The charity was set up by Rhian Mannings in 2012 after tragically losing her baby son and husband withi

Carers Wales calls for action from council candidates to support struggling unpaid carers

Carers Wales is calling for action from council candidates as it launches its manifesto ahead of the local authority elections on May 5th. 

HMRC customers in Wales encouraged to check out financial support available to them

Customers in Wales are being encouraged to check online for the range of financial support available from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to help with living costs. HMRC has listed the support available in one place to ensure people are not missing out and can easily find out online if they are eligib

Lauren Edwards Takes Up Director of Therapies and Health Science Post at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Lauren Edwards has this week taken up post as Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board’s (CTMUHB) new Director of Therapies and Health Science (DoTHS) following an external recruitment process.Lauren, who joined CTM as Deputy Director of Therapies and Health Science in November 2021, has been a mul

WelshLabour waste £200k on failed legal cases

The Labour Government in Cardiff is under attack from the Welsh Conservatives for squandering hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ cash pursuing failed legal claims.A Freedom of Information request has exposed how Labour ministers spent £191,618 on three cases in the last five years,

Don't forget just how many libraries were closed by RCT Labour

Cwmbach Library is one of these closures Labour, then sold the land to build houses, none of the money from the sale was invested back into Cwmbach.Now the people of Cwmbach are fighting to keep the op/village hall, open when the money from the sale of the library could have or should have gone to a

A UNIFIED approach to optometry will be the future of eye-care in Wales.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has been selected to pilot a new cluster programme focused on further strengthening primary eye care services nationally.With more than 30 years’ experience in the sector, former Southeast Wales Regional Optical Committee Chair Ian Jones has been selected to

Professional development programme to champion diverse voices within Wales’ literary culture launched by Literature Wales

 Literature Wales, the national company for the development of literature, launches the second round of its professional development programme for under-represented writers today, 11 April 2022.

How much longer do Cynon Valley residents have to put up with substandard Public Transport Services?

How is your bus service where you live? Judging by the amount of buses @StagecoachWales have cancelled throughout the Cynon Valley today, it's not surprising people are frustrated.

Police cars used as ambulances as Welsh NHS recorded worst-ever waiting times

The crisis that engulfed Wales’ ambulance service has been laid bare as it is revealed police cars had to be used several times in just one weekend to take people to hospital.Across the weekend of the 29th October 2021, 110 incidents were recorded where in:
  • 14% of incidents, offic

Ombudsmen release joint guidance to tackle common mistakes in aftercare of mental health in-patients

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) and the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) have released new guidance to tackle common and repeated mistakes seen in the aftercare of patients receiving support under the Mental Health Act. PHSO and LGSCO work together on complain

Hire prison leavers to bolster workforce

Today firms have said they are struggling to recruit in the face of record job vacancies. Nacro is calling for firms to hire those with criminal records to reduce reoffending and bolster the workforce.

Changes to visiting for Maternity Services

Cwm Taf is pleased to be able to reintroduce increased visiting across our Maternity Services.From Monday 11 April, a single individual will also be able to visit our antenatal and postnatal wards for four hour sessions each day.During labour, birthing partners can be present during labour assessmen

Cardiff Bay development involving arena approved

The regeneration of Cardiff Bay’s Atlantic Wharf has made a significant step forward now that the first phase, involving a new 17,000-capacity arena and a 182-bedroom hotel, has been approved by the city council.As well as full permission for these key elements of the scheme, earmarked for a 13.5-he

A damning report into the Welsh Labour Governments ever-growing NHS waiting list crisis

Let’s hope damning report into NHS waiting times kick Labour into action, Welsh Conservatives sayA damning report into the ever-growing NHS waiting list crisis has called on the Labour government to put “robust plans” in place as soon as possible.The report – titled ‘Waiting Well?

Seren Twt Boxes for CTM Families

Expectant parents or those whose babies are born with Down's syndrome across Cwm Taf Morgannwg, will now receive a 'Seren Twt' box thanks to two mums who have set about changing the support available for parents in Wales.Laura and Louise each have a child who was diagnosed with Down's syndrome after

Local Elections are taking place on Thursday, May 5, 2022. think before you vote?

 The local elections are taking place on Thursday, May 5, 2022.The elections will include, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council elections and Community Council elections whe

Section 19 report, Flood and Water Management Act 2010 – Trehafod

The Council has published its latest Section 19 report under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 following Storm Dennis.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board launches the All Wales Dementia Friendly Hospital Charter

Today April 6, 2022, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, along with all Health Boards in Wales, launches the All Wales Dementia Friendly Hospital Charter.The 


The British Heart Foundation (BHF) will host its fifth national Heart Hero Awards ceremony this year.

More than 142,000 use online payment plans to pay their Self Assessment tax bill

More than 142,000 customers have used HMRC’s online Time to Pay facility to spread the cost of their Self Assessment tax bill since April 2021, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed. The Self Assessment deadline for 2020/21 tax returns was 31 January but, this year, HMRC gave customers until 1

111 service now available across Wales

 URGENT medical and health advice is now available across Wales 24 hours a day, seven days a week following the successful rollout of the 111 helpline.The service, which is run by the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, a