A ‘dangerous’ decision to close the overnight minor injuries provision at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny must be reversed, Natasha Asghar MS has said.
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has decided to push ahead with the closure despite residents’ concerns and a petition with more than 5,000 signatures.
Minor injuries at Nevill Hall will be closed from 1am until 7am every day – meaning residents will have to travel to Newport for treatment at the Royal Gwent’s minor injuries unit.
Natasha Asghar MS, who represents South East Wales, fears the closure will leave her constituents in a ‘dangerous and difficult’ position.
She said: “I am extremely disappointed to see the health board ignore residents’ legitimate worries and push ahead with this closure regardless.
“Our hospitals are already under immense pressure and closing Nevill Hall minor injuries unit will simply add to the burden.
“Residents now face a fair old trek for treatment with many understandably opting to go to The Grange – which is already struggling – rather than traipse all the way down to the Royal Gwent.
“Aneurin Bevan Health Board must listen to residents and have an urgent rethink over this closure. It’s not acceptable.”