South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has warned health service bosses to think again, following plans that could see A&E services close at Royal Glamorgan Hospital.
Cwm Taf Health Board are currently considering plans to restructure services at the hospital, with a number of options on the table.
These include removing the A&E department and replacing it with a minor injuries unit.
A&E patients would instead need to go to either Bridgend, Cardiff or Merthyr Tydfil.
Mr Davies said, “It is quite clear there are structural issues with how the service operates at present, but these should be addressed rather than closing the A&E department down completely.
“There is currently an overreliance on locum consultants, but the solution to this is to improve recruitment practices.
“This must surely be the priority, rather than forcing patients to travel for miles in the middle of the night. It is vital these plans are abandoned, rather than letting local people down.”