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Hospital shake-up

Communities across Wales have seen a day of angry protest as mothers, students and the disabled have demonstrated about cuts to their services.

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North Wales health shake-up decision due

Health chiefs will meet today to make a decision on controversial changes to healthcare services in North Wales. A public consultation launched by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board ended in October.

The proposals include retaining a Special Care Baby Unit at the Wrexham Maelor and Glan Clwyd, but moving long-term neo-natal care to Arrowe Park on the Wirral and closing:

  • community hospitals in Flint, Ffestiniog, Llangollen and either Prestatyn or Rhyl
  • minor injury units at Mold, Chirk, Ffestiniog, Colwyn Bay and Ruthin community hospitals
  • X-ray departments at Blaenau Ffestiniog Health Centre, Bryn Beryl Hospital, Pwllheli, Tywyn, Mold and Ruthin community hospitals and Eryri Hospital in Carmarthen

We were very pleased and encouraged that so many people took the time and trouble to give their views. The consultation feedback will be a significant element alongside other evidence that the board will consider on how best we can provide safe, effective services for the people of North Wales as a whole.

– Mary Burrows, chief executive Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

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