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Monday, June 10, 2013

Campaigners ask how hospital closures have affected you

Campaigners fighting for local health services in North Wales are compiling a dossier of evidence to take to the Older People's Commissioner on the closure of community hospitals and the spread of superbugs.

North Wales Health Alliance has issued an urgent call for evidence from anyone affected by the recent outbreak of C Difficile, a hospital superbug.

The Alliance, which is made of up nine local groups fighting for better healthcare locally, believes the increase in superbugs in general hospitals has been made worse by the closure of community hospitals in the region.

They also want to hear from patients and their families generally affected by the closure of hospitals in their community.

NWHA spokesman Mabon ap Gwynfor said: "The recent superbug outbreak in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd is now the subject of an investigation by Public Health Wales. We are also compiling a dossier of evidence for the Older People's Commissioner, who is investigating the closure of community hospitals.

 "The superbug outbreak and the way Betsi Cadwaladr's management is dealing with it is just the latest episode in a catalogue of failures. There is a growing sense of crisis about the way NHS bosses are managing our local health services.

 "Individual cases of patients unable to leave general hospitals despite being well enough highlight the need for community-based services. Our case is that the promises made to ensure those services were in place before any closures took place have been broken quite cynically by bureaucrats more interested in penny pinching than improving people's health."

He said health professionals were also contacting the alliance with worrying examples that were being investigated. He urged any patient , their families or health workers to contact the North Wales Health Alliance in confidence on or 07747 792 441.

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