The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales, Aled Roberts, has roundly condemned the decision by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to remove obstetrics and gynaecology services from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales, Aled Roberts, has roundly condemned the decision by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to remove obstetrics and gynaecology services from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Papers have been put before the Executive Board today (10/2), despite there being no public consultation; Assembly Members were contacted by telephone yesterday giving them advance warning of the decision, which is set to be put in place in April this year.
Commenting after raising the issue in the Siambr today, Aled Roberts said:
“The fact that Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board can even consider putting forward such a paper shows a complete lack of regard for the people of North Wales.
“There has been no public debate and AMs were given just 24 hours’ notice of this major decision. The report itself was only made available this afternoon, despite the papers including a reference to an item on Obstetrics and Gynaecology on the agenda.
“The recommendation within the neonatal review undertaken by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health was based upon maternity services ‘remaining unchanged’ whilst long-term arrangements were developed.
“The review also made it clear that Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board needed to work in partnership with the local population and its elected representatives in the planning of services in North Wales, but this advice has patently been ignored.
“Serious questions now have to be asked as to the amount of work that has been undertaken by BCUHB in developing arrangements for the neonatal centre.
“Given the criticism already levied at BCUHB’s governance arrangements, the Welsh Labour Government must now hold the Health Board to account if it is failing to deliver on a commitment made by the First Minister.
“The Welsh Government also has a responsibility to show that they are not duping the people of North Wales into believing that a regional neonatal centre will be built.
“It’s all very well for the Welsh Government to try to absolve itself of responsibility for decisions like these, but the people of North Wales deserve better”.