Cynon Valley Leader column – 7th December 2022

Last month, the Health Board announced that the Minor Injuries Unit in Ysbyty Cwm Cynon would fully re-open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Recruitment of experienced Nurse Practitioners means the service will be safe and sustainable. It will also be able to treat children over the age of one with access once more on a ‘no appointment needed’ basis. This is an excellent outcome which I have been pressing for. The next step is for the Health Board to deliver on its ambition to expand provision still further so we have the local services we need and also to alleviate pressure on A&E.

It was announced that Garth Bakery will be going into administration after 36 years at its current base in Abercynon. This is a blow for the local economy and for the 108 people working at the site, especially so close to Christmas. I raised the matter with the Welsh Government in the Senedd, asking them to do all they can to support the workforce. Working with them, RCT council and other local partners, I also arranged a drop in event principally for Garth Bakery employees in Abercynon Sports Centre on 5th December. I would encourage anybody affected by Garth Bakery’s closure to reach out to make sure they can access all available assistance.

I held my annual competition for local primary school age pupils to design my official Christmas card, and was overwhelmed by the standard of really excellent entries. It was difficult to pick a winner but first prize went to 11 year old Madison, a pupil at Darrenlas Primary School. Congratulations Madison and thanks to all who entered. As this is my last column before the festive season, I would like to wish you and your family a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.

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