N. Wales health closures go ahead without local response

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has begun closing some healthcare services in North Wales, under controversial plans agreed by health bosses last month - before getting a response from the local patient watchdog, the Community Health Council.

  • Flint, Llangollen and Prestatyn Hospitals closed to new admissions yesterday - as staff start their redeployment
  • Minor injuries services are closing over the next two weeks at Llangollen, Chirk, Flint, Ruthin, Colwyn Bay and Blaenau Ffestiniog hospitals
  • Changes to X-ray services will go ahead as soon as possible
  • Detailed planning to set up Enhanced Care at Home services across north Wales will start immediately

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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.