AM demands action on neonatal centre for North Wales

North Wales’ Welsh Liberal Democrat AM Aled Roberts says that the Welsh Government must demand action from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board following its failure to prepare a business plan for the proposed Neonatal Centre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.   

North Wales’ Welsh Liberal Democrat AM Aled Roberts says that the Welsh Government must demand action from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board following its failure to prepare a business plan for the proposed Neonatal Centre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.   

In May of last year the First Minister announced that high-risk neonatal and obstetric services should be centralised for North Wales in a new centre but this could only progress once the Health Board had prepared a business plan.  This plan has still not been published.

                                                                                                                                                                                          In their report in September 2013, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health predicted that without a significant investment in neonatal services national standards could only be maintained if increasing numbers of infants were transferred to England.

In a question to the First Minister today in the Senedd, Aled Roberts will ask for an update on the business plan for a regional neonatal centre in North Wales.

Speaking beforehand, Aled said:

“When the decision to site a regional neonatal centre in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd was announced in May of last year the First Minister promised that Assembly Members would be kept informed about the submission of the business plan. That was over 6 months ago and we have heard absolutely nothing.

“The fact is that neonatal staff and families have had over two years of uncertainty due to poor management from both the Health Board and the Welsh Labour Government.  We need to be told why this inordinate delay continues. 

“I’m disappointed that the First Minister hasn’t bothered to keep Assembly Members up-to-date on this issue.  I will be asking him today to make clear what progress has been made and when we can expect to see the business plan.  

“The danger is that without a plan to implement the First Minister’s decision to create a neonatal centre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, existing services at all three major hospitals in North Wales will be starved of investment and increasingly unable to provide medical care which meets the All Wales Neonatal Standards.”


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