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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.