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Hospital resources spread 'too thinly', says health board group

Hospital services are not as good as they could be because resources are spread far too thinly, says a group representing health boards and trusts in Wales.

Helen Birtwhistle, the director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, was responding to proposals which could see an A&E unit downgraded at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant.

The Royal Glamorgan could also lose consultant-led maternity care and specialist baby care in the proposals.

They would be relocated to other hospitals in Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend and to a new hospital near Cwmbran under the option preferred by the five health boards behind the plans.

Ms Birtwhistle spoke to Bethan Rhys Roberts on BBC Radio Wales.

  • 23 May 2013