Unite the union will tomorrow (27 February 2020) be continuing the fight against the downgrading of the accident and emergency service at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Unite will be supporting a demonstration to coincide with a meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.

The demonstration will take place from 13.30 outside Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales regional secretary commented: “Unite is calling on Welsh government and Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board to commit to the long term future of A&E at Royal Glamorgan and to do everything within their power to call time on the proposals.

"Our members who work for the health board are acutely aware of the enormous impact that the proposals will have on the care and service that they will be able to deliver. Our members are already working flat out to provide a service based on existing demands. Adding additional workload will lead to an even more stretched service to the public and add to the pressure on our members, potentially placing them in an unsafe working environment.

"Unite also has serious concerns about the impact the closure will have on the communities that the RGH serves. Many of our members live in these communities and they are extremely worried that the service going forward will be of an inappropriate standard."

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Notes to editors:

  • The Demonstration will take place from 13.30 at Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre (CF43 3HR).
  • Unite officials will be available for interview at the demonstration.

For further information please contact Glyn Conolly on 07974 131771.

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.