Unite the union is today expressing serious concerns about the proposed closure of the consultant led accident and emergency (A&E) service at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital (RGH).

On Friday 7 February Unite representatives who work for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board met to discuss the proposed closure of the consultant led A&E. The meeting concluded with unanimous opposition to the health board’s proposals. Unite will now be supporting the cross party campaign to save the consultant led A&E department at RGH. Unite also endorses the amendment that Mick Antoniw AM has tabled in relation to RGH for consideration by the Welsh assembly on Wednesday 12 February.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales regional secretary commented: “The proposals to close consultant led A&E at Royal Glamorgan Hospital will have a devastating impact on the care and quality of service our members will be able to deliver. These plans will have implications for staff far outside of A&E and will be felt by our members in all of the surrounding hospitals. Staff in Cwm Taf Morgannwg are already working flat out to deliver a service based on existing demands. The additional workload in the surrounding hospitals, which closure of A&E would bring, 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 grave concerns concerning the impact the closure will have on the communities served by the Royal Glamorgan. Most of our members not only work, but also live in these communities. As both workers and members of the community they are determined to fight against these proposals which will ultimately result in a second class service for the area."

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