Back in December last year, Welsh Government launched a 3 month public consultation which proposed changing the Health Board boundary for the Bridgend population.
Taking into consideration all the views expressed through the consultation process, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething AM, has today announced that from 1st April 2019, the responsibility for providing healthcare services for people in the Bridgend County Borough Council area will move from ABM University Health Board to Cwm Taf University Health Board.
It is recognised that any changes to health structures can result in concerns being raised about the possible impact on services for patients. It is therefore really important to recognise that both Health Boards have given their full assurance that there are no planned service changes linked to the boundary change.
High quality, patient-centred care will of course continue to be our top priority and we will be working very closely together to ensure that continuity is maintained during the transition process and beyond.
We will also ensure that staff, trade unions and key stakeholders are fully engaged in the transition programme.
We realise that the transition will be an unsettling time for people affected by the changes, and therefore we will ensure that there is regular and transparent communication throughout the process.
This is an exciting time for both organisations and we are determined to use the opportunity to build on the high quality services we provide to all our patients.
Regular updates will be provided to our respective Community Health Councils, and also to our own health boards and staff.