Caerphilly Council leader condemns Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr critics
Caerphilly Council’s Plaid Cymru leader Councillor Allan Pritchard has condemned Labour councillors for their “scurrilous attacks” on the new £172m Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.
Labour councillor Nigel Dix recently described the new complex as a “cottage hospital” while fellow councillor Ray Davies has questioned facilities at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.
Councillor Allan Pritchard called on the council’s opposition Labour group to disassociate themselves from the remarks by their two councillors.
“Politicians of all persuasions have campaigned and fought for a new hospital in this area for the past 40 years.
“Now, on the eve of this dream coming true, what we get is scurrilous attacks from local Labour councillors – just whingeing that Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr is no more than a cottage hospital?
“Are the views of Councillors Dix and Davies those held by the Labour group on Caerphilly council? The public need to know where Labour locally stands.
“Plans for the hospital were approved by Caerphilly County Borough Council when it was under Labour control, by a Labour appointed Local Health Board and by a Labour Health Minister under the Labour-run Welsh Assembly Government.”
Councillor Allan Pritchard added: “The new hospital will have 269 beds and, in addition, to general hospital services, Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr will form a central hub for community services and GP out-of-hours services. That could hardly be described as a cottage hospital.?
“The local emergency centre is an enhanced minor injuries unit with full diagnostic services such as CT scanning, fluoroscopy and MRI, which would not be included within general minor injury units. This will help reduce unnecessary emergency admissions and hospital attendances.
“The local emergency centre will be a single integrated service working seven days a week, including urgent treatment and advise available 24 hours a day – hardly a cottage hospital. It will also have an acute medical ward with monitored beds for emergency patients who require admission for further observation or tests and rapid access clinics for urgent patients to avoid the need for hospital admissions.”
Councillor Ray Davies told Caerphilly Observer: “The Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital has an A&E unit manned by doctors and fully qualified staff from 9am to 5pm, which serves the Caerphilly area, particularly the lower Rhymney Valley – where there’s a lot of industry.
“We need a full A&E unit there. With changing weather patterns we had 10 days last winter where people couldn’t get out on to the streets so we need a full A&E that people can access.
“It’s a big let down that we have got a new hospital and they are not providing a fully fledged A&E services.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr