The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West Peter Black has responded to the consultation on the reorganisation of hospitals in South Wales by reiterating his strong and unequivocal support for the retention of services at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.
The document proposes the retaining of full A&E, maternity, and children's surgery provision at the hospital. The proposal is out to consultation, and people have until the 17th July to respond.
Mr Black said:
"Princess of Wales Hospital provides services to 160,000 people in the Bridgend area, and to a significant part of Neath Port Talbot.
"Any move to downgrade the hospital would bring about a considerable worsening of the service provided by the Welsh NHS in the eastern part of the South Wales West Region and beyond.
"Princess of Wales Hospital provides a full A&E medical emergency service at present as well as dealing with a significant number of GP emergency referrals from the Neath Port Talbot area.
"Maintaining the present ease of access to effective consultant- led maternity and children's services that the hospital provides for the region is also of vital importance.
"The location of Princess of Wales Hospital is strategically significant, and the close proximity to major transport arteries is a crucial asset.
"I urge as many local people as possible to make contact with the South Wales Programme and make their views known."