North Wales patient watchdog member resigns

A member of the local patient watchdog in North Wales has resigned, criticising its decision to support controversial changes to health services there.

Betsi Cadwaladr Community Health Council backed plans by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to move long-term neonatal intensive care services to the Wirral, despite major public opposition.

Huw Edwards, who is a Gwynedd councillor, described that decision as "despicable", and said he had "lost all faith" in the local watchdog.

I have lost all faith in the Health Council. Gwynedd’s Committee has opposed these recommendations in two meetings. There are no details at all about provision in the community that the Board refers to and that is totally unfair to the areas that will lose their local hospitals. The decision to move the specialist neonatal unit from Glan Clwyd is equally despicable. For parents in Gwynedd and Ynys Mon the cumbersome and impractical. I believe that the Health Council has behaved contrary to public opinion and also to their own plans.

– Huw Edwards