Neath MP Peter Hain has raised serious concerns over hospital waiting times with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg less than six months after initially bringing them to the health board’s attention. Mr Hain has described the figures as ‘disturbing’ especially as the Neath MP had highlighted his worries with the health board in the summer when the changes to the services at Neath Port Talbot Hospital were made public.
In July Mr Hain questioned whether Morriston, Singleton and Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend were in a position to take the extra workload that would be created by Neath Port Talbot Hospital losing its acute medicine status.
In a subsequent letter to Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Mr Hain said, “I am extremely worried by reports regarding the impact Neath Port Talbot Hospital losing its acute medical status is having on Morriston Accident and Emergency.
“I raised these concerns with you (ABMUHB) in my letter in July when I first became aware of the service change at Neath Port Talbot and questioned whether Bridgend and Morriston were in a position to take the additional workload on what is an already stretched service.
“From what constituents have told me of their experiences, Morriston is struggling with the increased workload which is putting a tremendous strain on the staff and it is also impacting on other services like the Ambulance service.”