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A Labour and a Conservative AM have joined forces to push for a intensive baby care centre to be based at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan. Ann Jones and Darren Millar have put aside political differences to welcome the First Minister's decision to develop a neonatal care centre in North Wales.
The intervention overturns plans by Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board to send all seriously ill babies to Arrowe Park on the Wirral. Carwyn Jones says the new centre will treat the 'vast majority' of sick babies with the worst cases still treated in Cheshire.
Ysbyty Glan Clwyd is one of two possible locations along with Wrexham's Maelor Hospital. A decision's expected early next year. Ann Jones and Darren Millar have issued this joint statement:
The Welsh Conservatives have welcomed the First Minister's announcement of a neonatal care centre for North Wales. But they say it should be established as soon as possible.
Plaid Cymru has criticised the First Minister's announcement on plans for treating babies born in North Wales who need extra care. Carwyn Jones said he'd listened to advice and would develop a centre in the region. But the most serious cases would still be treated on the Wirral.
Plaid's Llyr Gruffydd says that means relying on the English health service the First Minister has criticised:
First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced plans to develop a new centre in North Wales to treat babies who need extra care. But he told AMs the most ill babies would still be sent to Arrowe Park on the Wirral for specialist treatment.
He also explained to AMs why he was rejecting proposals in an independent report to treat all babies needing extra care in the north.
The First Minister says steps will be taken to ensure there will be a neonatal care centre in North Wales in the future. Carwyn Jones says he's listened to independent advice on controversial health board plans to move neonatal services to Arrowe Park on the Wirral.
But he told AMs that Arrowe Park will continue to be used for specialist care even in the long term. Carwyn Jones said that a site will be chosen for a new neonatal care centre and announced shortly.