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First Minister to decide on neonatal care

A decision on whether to move health services for sick babies in North Wales to England may be made by the First Minister. Carwyn Jones said he will personally decide whether to call in controversial plans by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

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Minor injury units face closure in Betsi Cadwaladr health shake-up

A major reform of NHS services in North Wales could see a number of services scaled back at community hospitals, under proposals being considered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Minor injury and X-ray services would stop at several community hospitals, with the services based at 'hospital hubs' in the region instead.

Hospital bed care would cease at Ffestiniog Memorial Hospital and Flint Hospital.

The report lists the ways in which the board can balance its budget in the coming years.

Non-elective surgery would cease at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, in Denbighshire. However, maternity and paediatric services at the hospital would remain.

Campaigners had feared the services would be centralised at Wrexham Maelor Hospital instead.

The report suggests a single intensive care neonatal service for babies more than 16 weeks premature located from Arrowe Park, on the Wirral. The number of babies requiring that level of care is cited as being "around 36" per year.

The proposals are expected to be discussed at a meeting of the health board later today.

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