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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Council seeks summit over health shake-up

A top level meeting between councillors and the chief executive of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB)  Mary Burrows, Denbighshire's chief executive Mohammed Mehmet and social services director Sally Ellis is to be convened to go through a number of concerns raised in light of the board's proposed service changes across the region.

The concerns among county council members centre on transition arrangements as the board prepares to close some services and facilities before any guarantee of funding for new capital investment is in place or temporary services established.

They are also concerned about the level of support for carers, transport and travel arrangements, the potential cost to the council as more services are moved out of the hospital setting and into people's homes and the future of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd as a District General Hospital.

After a three hour debate earlier today (Tuesday) councillors agreed that after the meeting with
Mary Burrows they will report back to members at the next full council on February 26 and will look again at taking a vote of no confidence if they are not satisfied with the responses they receive.

Cabinet Lead Member Bobby Feeley said: "We have agreed to a last ditch effort to have a high level meeting with CEO Mary Burrows to bring forward our concerns.

"On balance, we think it's preferable to keep the dialogue going until absolutely every avenue has been explored and we will report back to the next full council with the results."

* Commenting on Betsi Cadwaladr's confirmation of minor injury unit closures in Llangollen, Chirk, Flint, Ruthin, Colwyn Bay and Blaenau Ffestiniog within two weeks, Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said: “Today’s announcement is premature.

"The Community Health Council has until March the first to object to the board’s reforms and refer them to the Minister.

“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.”

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