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Investigation underway into bullying of staff at Royal Glamorgan

August 8, 2014 11:00 AM

As reported by Wales Online there is an investigation underway by Cwm Taf University Health into allegations of bullying at the A&E department of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

The Health Board have confirmed that several employees have made complaints against senior members of staff and that there are also concerns over the standard of clinical care as more pressure is put on staff.

It is understood doctors and nurses are now being interviewed by the health board to investigate the extent of the matter. A spokesperson for Cwm Taf UHW is quoted as saying

"Cwm Taf University Health Board takes any concerns raised by staff seriously and a review is currently taking place into concerns raised by some members of staff at the A&E department at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. As this review is ongoing we are unable to comment further at this stage."

Welsh Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Pontypridd Mike Powell and his colleagues have been very closely involved with the campaign to retain services at the hospital after the South Wales Programme review decided that several critical care services should be moved out of the hospital.

He said:

"Staff in hospitals across Wales are being put under tremendous additional stress with the on-going reorganisation adding to pressure of their already demanding jobs.

"During the South Wales Programme consultation and the subsequent campaign to keep critical care services at the Royal Glamorgan we have heard anecdotal evidence of the pressure that was being put on staff to go along with the proposals the health boards put forward.

"Many staff felt very let down by Cwm Taf University Health Board and by senior management. They still do not have a clear picture of what the future holds for them.

"There are severe staff shortages across many specialties in all our hospitals, and anyone who has visited the Royal Glamorgan A&E department lately cannot have failed to notice the adverse effect this is having on waiting times and indeed on patient care.

"Those members of staff who have to deal with the problems this causes day in day out need support from management, not browbeating."

Consultant led severe trauma services are amongst those that will be lost from the hospital. Whilst the A&E department will remain it will in future treat less severe cases. Anyone suffering from, for example a heart attack or stroke, head injuries, multiple fractures and other severe illnesses and injuries will be taken to other hospitals in Bridgend, Merthyr or Cardiff.

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts says the cracks are definitely beginning to show at the Royal Glamorgan.

"I spent almost eight hours in A&E last week with a family member. Almost all of that time was spent sitting in the waiting room, hardly the best place for a person in pain. During the time we were there blood tests were mislaid and there was an obvious lack of doctors.

"This is the latest in a line of incidents at local hospitals - the Princess of Wales in Bridgend has been almost constantly in the news for months with ongoing investigations into nursing care. Nurses at Prince Charles in Merthyr have recently been under investigation for failure to provide adequate care for a patient who lost her leg as a result.

"Now we have concerns being raised at the Royal Glamorgan by the staff themselves. Given the other problems in the Welsh NHS, including long waiting times for assessment and treatment and amongst the worst ambulance response times in the country here in RCT, people are right to be concerned.

"The Welsh Labour Government has to start taking the problems seriously and acting on them."