§ Mr. Fred Evans
To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britian and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.
The Humble Petition of the residents of the Rhymney Valley sheweth that there is grave foreboding over the effect of proposals now before the Secretary of State for Wales for the reorganisation of hospital services in the Greater Cardiff area in so far as they will affect the Valley, for these proposals were prepared without adequate prior consultation.
A representative committee appointed by a public meeting and consistently supported by the public has for two-and-a-half years tried, without success, to obtain an opportunity for adequate consultation upon the planning of hospital health services.
The people are apprehensive that proposals without prior consultation will not provide adequate services for effective community care in the Rhymney Valley now and in the future, in spite of the many millions of pounds of public money which has been spent in the Cardiff area.
1334 Wherefore your Petitioners pray that the present proposals should be set aside and that the Secretary of State for Wales should immediately institute a review of present facilities and plan, in consultation with all interested organisations, including particularly local health authorities, general medical practitioners and other local informed medical opinion, for the development and expansion of Caerphilly District Miners' Hospital to meet the needs of this rapidly growing area.
And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will every pray.
§ To lie upon the Table.