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North Wales health board will "not contest" judicial review

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board chiefs say they are "sorry" for worry caused. Credit: ITV Wales

Betsi Cadwaladr health board have confirmed they will not contest a judicial review. The case was due to be heard next week. In a U-turn, the board said they would instead hold a consultation on the future of maternity services.

In a statement Simon Dean, interm chief executive of the health board said their intention now was to seek the views of staff and the public on options for their maternity services in the short term.

We all acknowledge what a difficult period of uncertainty and worry this has been for our staff and patients, for which we are very sorry. We remain extremely concerned about the fragility of the service, which is still short of the required number of doctors across north Wales.

We need to be confident of a robust, safe, fully staffed obstetric service across north Wales that is sustainable for the future. We know there are differing opinions about how best we can achieve this and there are no easy answers.”

– Simon Dean, Interim chief executive, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB

Plans to downgrade maternity services in North Wales halted

Controversial plans to downgrade maternity services at hospitals in North Wales may be halted.

Maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd may not be downgraded. Credit: ITV Wales

NHS bosses at beleaguered trust Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board have "gone back to the drawing board" to consider future plans for maternity services in north Wales according to the shadow health minister.

Ahead of what would have been a second hearing to consider the BMA’s application for a judicial review into the plans, NHS bosses in north Wales are now expected to announce a consultation.

It follows protests and a 15,000 signature petition to the Welsh Government earlier this year. The health board was put into special measures last month.

I’m glad that NHS chiefs have finally caved in, but it shouldn’t have taken the threat of judicial review for the Health Board to do the right thing.

If they’d made the right decision in the first place, then tremendous recent heartache for staff, mothers to be and their families could have been avoided.

I urge as many people as possible to have their say in this upcoming consultation.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minister

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board have been contacted for comment.

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