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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Health alliance speaks out over ambulance queues

Following the news that ambulances were queuing a claimed 16 deep at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on Monday the North Wales Health Alliance have issued a statement.

Mabon ap Gwynfor of the alliance said: “The closure of four community hospitals at Flint, Llangollen, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Prestatyn, has meant losing more than 50 community beds, which has placed further unnecessary pressure on our district general hospitals.

"The Health Board will always say that they were experiencing particularly difficult circumstances.

"It’s winter, these circumstances come around every year. We have an aging population and serious GP recruitment issues as well as specialist doctors.

"These facts are well established and the senior managers of our Health Service should be prepared for these eventualities.

"It’s not rocket science to plan for winter and the ongoing pressures on hospital beds. One way of starting to deal with these issues would be to re-open our community hospital beds as part of their new phase of community health centres.”

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