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Plaid Cymru claim that today’s announcement is an admission by the First Minister that moving specialised neonatal services out of North Wales is the wrong approach.
The Conservatives say Carwyn Jones hasn't done enough by ordering a review of whether specialised neonatal care can be returned to North Wales in the future, following his decision to approve its transfer to the Wirral.
The First MInister's announcement of a review into the future provision of neonatal care in North Wales doesn't mean the controversial transfer of services to the Wirral will be halted. A Welsh Government spokesperson has confirmed to me that the changes will go ahead as planned.
That's because the move is seen as 'clinically imperative.' So the First Minister's statement backs the local health board's plans but means that he'll commission a review into ways of bringing the services back into Wales in the long term. That may not be the reassurance campaigners hoped for.
The First Minister says that his decision to look at a 'third option' for neonatal care in north Wales "should in no way be taken as a criticism of their actions."
He says "we all recognise change in the NHS has to happen and it raises difficult and challenging issues for all of us. This is particularly so when vulnerable babies are involved. All of us share the common desire to do what is best now and into the future."
Today's intervention by Carwyn Jones follows protests from parents in north Wales. Campaigners have argued against moving services that are currently provided in three hospitals in north Wales transferred to Arrowe Park on the Wirral.
Those fighting the plans have warned that plans to treat babies more than 16-weeks premature at a single intensive care neonatal service at Arrowe Park, on the Wirral, would leave relatives with too far to travel.
Earlier this month the First Minister announced that he would personally decide whether to call in the controversial plans.
He said he would take personal responsibility because the previous Health Minister Lesley Griffiths's Wrexham constituency would be directly affected by the plans.
Carwyn Jones has announced that the Welsh Government are to look at 'another model' for providing neonatal care in north Wales. In a statement he said that he has asked for independent advice to look at "future possibilities for the development of specialised neonatal services in North Wales."
The First Minister says that he work will look at "the feasibility of providing a neonatal intensive care service located within North Wales."
"I wish it to also look at the interdependencies with other acute services, travel distances and ensuring BCUHB maintains and builds clinical expertise."
The Betsi Cadawaldr University Health Board has proposed moving specliast neonatal care services to Arrowe Park near Liverpool.