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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.

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CHC won't refer Betsi plans to Health Minister

The North Wales Community Health Council has confirmed it has agreed not to refer Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board's plans to the Health Minister.

But it added there are aspects of the proposals that require 'further consideration', including the subject of community hospitals.

The CHC wishes to place on record that it has agreed NOT to refer the proposals for community hospitals to the Health Minister. However, the CHC still has reservations in relation to the availability of capital investment for the proposed new primary care developments in line with the timescales and the implementation plans of the health board. As per the Guidance for Engagement and Consultation, we are continuing to work with the health board, through the local resolution stage, to seek clarification and assurance on these outstanding issues.

– North Wales Community Health Council spokesperson

The spokesperson added: "Only if matters remain unresolved should the CHC write to the Minister by the 1st March."

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