Penarth’s nearest A&E department is at the University Hospital of Wales Cardiff – now under “enhanced monitoring”
The accident and emergency unit which serves Penarth – the University Hospital of Wales A&E department in the Heath, Cardiff is to come under what’s called “enhanced monitoring”.
Cardiff and the Vale Health Board – which oversees the hospital, the biggest in Wales – says the move is the result of “issues within its unscheduled care system”.
The decision to put the University Hospital under even more intense scrutiny has been made by the Labour-controlled Welsh Government (which runs the NHS in Wales), the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and the Wales Audit Office . The move puts the hospital tywo steps away from being placed in “special measures” – which would mean – in effect – that new management would be brought in to run the hospital.
The “enhanced monitoring” follows a series of crises following an increase in the amount of people going to A&E with “complex and chronic conditions”.
Plaid Cymru AM for Penarth and party leader Leanne Wood
Penarth Plaid Cymru AM (and party leader) Leanne Wood said she is concerned that the health board serving the Vale of Glamorgan had reached such a point and hoped the closer supervision would lead to improved performance.
Penarth’s LibDem AM Eluned Parrott
Penarth Lib Dem AM Eluned Parrott said the decision was “concerning but not surprising.” and said she heard regular complaints from local residents about their treatment not only at the University Hospital of Wales but also at Llandough.
Penarth’s Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies
Penarth Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies said “It has been clear for some time now that emergency services in the Cardiff & Vale health board area have been creaking under huge pressure. This announcement places Wales’ largest hospital just two steps away from special measures, and with that the potential for the Welsh Government to be forced to intervene.”
He said “Clearly, for Vale residents this situation is deeply worrying. There have been serious concerns throughout the winter period, with ambulance response times and A&E waits reaching rock bottom.”
Penarth Labour AM Vaughan Gething is Deputy Health Minister
Davies said “Welsh Labour’s savage budget cuts have undermined capacity in the Welsh NHS and we now need to see ‘enhanced monitoring’ leading to enhanced performance. Anything less just isn’t going to cut it anymore.”
Penarth resident and Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth, Vaughan Gething – who is Deputy Health Minister – has yet to make any comment on the escalating crisis .