A teenager reported missing in Denbighshire has been found.
16-year-old Olivia Sage had been missing from Dyserth since last night. North Wales Police says she's been found safe and well.
The mother behind the campaign for a judicial review has spoken of her relief over Betsi Cadwaladr's U-turn. Marsha Davis also described how other campaigners reacted when she told them the news on social media:
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.”
Controversial plans to downgrade maternity services at hospitals in North Wales may be halted.
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.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board have been contacted for comment.
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Police are appealing for help to trace a 16-year-old from Dyserth in Denbighshire.
Olivia Sage was last seen at 9.30pm on Wednesday July 1 in the Colwyn Bay area.
She is described as around 5ft 10ins tall with long dark hair and was wearing white jeans and a blue shirt.
Anyone with information should contact the police on 101.
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