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Friday, May 24, 2013

AM raises government's "failure to respond" over health changes

North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood is concerned that the Welsh Government has failed to respond to  Betsi Cadwaladr Community Health Council’s urgent concerns regarding proposed changes to health services in North Wales.

Mr Isherwood raised the matter in this week’s Business Statement, emphasising that the health council submitted its response to the proposals in March, but are still awaiting a reply. 
Speaking in the Chamber, Mr Isherwood said: “Could we have a response to last week’s statement by the Betsi Cadwaladr Community Health Council that it still awaits a detailed response from the new Minister for Health and Social Services, following its objections to some of the health board’s plans for local services?
“Members of the community health council’s executive committee were disappointed to learn that, although they had submitted a formal response to the previous Minister for health—yourself, Minister—at the beginning of March, it had yet to receive a full response addressing some urgent concerns that they had about the effect of changes to services in north Wales.”
The Minister for Local Government and Government Business Lesley Griffiths told Mr Isherwood: “You will be aware that all health boards are going through service reconfiguration plans at present. I am sure that the Minister is looking at the plans holistically for all of Wales.” 

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