Criticism of Betsi Cadwaladr 'railroading through' closures

The Welsh Conservatives and Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board's decision to push through its changes to health services in North Wales, without waiting for a response from the Community Health Council.

Today’s announcement is premature.

Railroading closures through at this stage sends out a message of arrogance and indifference.

Public views have already been discarded by health bosses in the region and today’s decisions require urgent examination.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minister

It is nothing short of a disgrace.

One of the options open to the Community Health Council was to refer some health reorganisation proposals to the Health Minister Lesley Griffiths.

The Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board clearly intend to circumvent that process and start reorganising health services before the Health Minister has a chance to make a decision on concerns raised by the Community Health Council.

If the buck does stop with Lesley Griffiths, as she would have us believe, then she must intervene.

She cannot allow reorganisation by stealth to proceed in this way.

– Aled Roberts AM, North Wales

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Protests over health changes

Controversial plans to transfer babies needing long-term intensive care over the border to England look set to go ahead. A series of community hospitals are also being closed and downgraded in North Wales. A series of protests have been held.