Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board logoIn December 2017, the Welsh Government launched a 3-month public consultation which proposed changing the Health Board boundary for the Bridgend population. This week, the change has been confirmed by Vaughan Gething AM.

Below is a Statement from Tracy Myhill, Chief Executive of ABMU Health Board

"Taking into consideration all the views expressed through the consultation process, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething AM, has 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.

If at any time in the future there should be any requirement to change services in any part of the Health Board, to either improve quality or sustainability of services, such proposals would be the subject of separate public engagement and consultation as usual and where appropriate.

High quality, patient-centred care will of course continue to be our top priority and both organisations will be working very closely together to ensure that continuity is maintained during the transition process and beyond.

We are also very conscious that such a period of change can be very unsettling for staff and we will be working closely with staff and their representatives to ensure that we make the whole process as simple and transparent as possible.

We will now be setting up a formal structure to manage how we work together during the transition. This will comprise of a Joint Transition Board, on behalf of both health boards, to oversee the implementation of the boundary change. There will also be Transition Programme Group, which will report to the Joint Transition Board, and oversee and receive reports from established workstreams.

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.

We also recognise that this isn’t just about the Bridgend population and services. This boundary change will mean that ABMU and Cwm Taf Health Boards will both be very different in the future which creates opportunities for us all to work more closely and effectively together.

We are all committed to working with all our partners to strengthen relationships and joint working over the coming months so that we realise the benefits of these changes for all citizens of the two Health Board areas.

If you, or the people you represent, have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us directly. Joanne Abbott-Davies, Assistant Director of Strategy, ABMU [email protected] or Claire Williams, Assistant Director of Planning & Partnerships, Cwm Taf - [email protected].

In the meantime, we will continue to provide regular communication as we move through the Transition Programme with the clear objective of minimising intent any possible disruption to patient services and staff.”