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Sunday, January 20, 2013

County council speaks out over health changes

Denbighshire County Council has issued a response to major changes in healthcare in the region, announced by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board last Friday.

These include the closure of Llangollen Cottage Hospital.

Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Social Care and Well-being said: "We are disappointed that the Health Board has decided against a joint hub for Ruthin/Denbigh and there is further disappointment at the closure of the Minor  Injuries Unit  and X-ray facility  in Ruthin, despite strong local opposition.

"Another key concern for us is the risk posed by plans to close in-patient care beds at Prestatyn and Llangollen Hospitals before new services are in place.

"We believe there is a lack of clearly costed undertakings to improve transport to underpin the changes and to provide services to support carers.  Although the transport issues were 'noted' by the Board, they did not seem to have come up with any solution, this is particularly important for rural areas.

"The fact there would be no neo-natal intensive care in North Wales is another issue of concern.

"However, we are pleased that minor injuries unit services will be commissioned from GP's in Corwen and Llangollen and that the Health Board is committed to plan implementation jointly. They need to commit to this fully or the changes announced will not work."

Denbighshire County Council says it remains committed to working closely with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board on ensuring that the residents of Denbighshire receive the best possible health care available.

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