D-Day for region’s health services


Kirstie Dolphin

HEALTH care bosses are weighing up views about controversial changes to hospitals in the region.

Today is D-day for health services in the region as Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board meets to discuss the feedback received from the formal consultation on a proposed shake up.

“We were very pleased and encouraged that so many people took the time and trouble to give their views,” said chief executive Mary Burrows.

“The consultation feedback will be a significant element alongside other evidence that the board will consider on how best we can provide safe, effective services for the people of North Wales as a whole.”

Heath services in North Wales have been under review since 2009 and there has been growing fears community hospitals would be sacrificed to balance the books.

Under the latest plans ‘hospital hubs’ would deliver a broader range of services at locations including Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Denbigh Infirmary and Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Minor injury services would be provided at these hubs, facilitated by closure of current minor injuries units at local hospitals including Llangollen Community Hospital and Ruthin Community Hospital.

X ray services will also be provided from these ‘hubs’, rather than from Ruthin Community Hospital.

As well as feedback from the consultation, the health board is also considering any additional information that has been put forward, together with any alternative suggestions or ideas.

The board will consider recommendations at a special meeting which will take place in the Optic Centre in St Asaph at 10am this morning.

Shadow Health Minister and Clwyd West AM Darren Millar has been supporting those opposed to the changes.

“I firmly believe in local NHS services for local people and urge the health board to fully take on board the many concerns that have been expressed in the months since the proposals were first announced, “ he said.

“It is vital that the public can influence the shape of services in their area. If this is not the case, then as the health board attempts to overcome the financial challenges ahead it could be patients who lose out.”

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