TO introduce some balance in the debate about our much maligned NHS in Wales, I would like to record my thanks for the excellent treatment I received recently at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.

The staff could not have been more helpful. Their warmth and compassion was evident. And having been admitted for the removal of my gall bladder, it was found I had a hernia which has been treated as well – I call that a bargain! All this – and it didn’t cost me a penny. Hurrah for the NHS!

Pam Haywood Allt-yr-yn Crescent Newport