AM urges CHC to refer Maternity downgrade decision to the Health Minister after meeting with senior Betsi officials

The decision to downgrade maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd should be referred to the Welsh Government’s Health Minister by the Community Health Council because the agreed process for making such changes was not followed says North Wales Liberal Democrat AM Aled Roberts.

The decision to downgrade maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd should be referred to the Welsh Government’s Health Minister by the Community Health Council because the agreed process for making such changes was not followed says North Wales Liberal Democrat AM Aled Roberts.

”I raised this issue at a meeting of North Wales Assembly Members today with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s top officials,” explained Aled Roberts.

”It is clear from numerous reports that managers at Betsi were aware of problems with the maternity service for many years and in particular a report which was published in April 2014.

”Normally such a significant change in hospital services would be the subject of consultation but Betsi managers claimed that imminent changes in doctors’ rotas meant that a quick decision had to be taken. However these changes were due to introduced in August last year.

”The question to be asked is – why Betsi didn’t put forward proposals as soon as they were aware of the impact new rotas might have? That would have given time for proper consultation.

”I am not convinced that the decision satisfied the urgency requirement and I am therefore recommending that the Community Health Council refer this decision to the Health Minister, Mark Drakeford.

”The Minister has already called for what he calls an “independent assessment” but I do not believe it can be truly independent since this assessment is being carried out by Welsh Government officials who would have been briefed by Betsi officials before the maternity downgrade was announced.

”Ultimate responsibility for the Welsh NHS rests with the Welsh Government’s Health Minister and he needs to review Betsi Cadwaladr’s decision immediately.

”I am also concerned about proposals to downgrade other hospital services and I raised them today in the Assembly Members’ meeting with Betsi Cadwaladr’s top officials.

 ”The Medical Director has made it very clear in the media that there are plans to specialise services in one or two hospitals and that means downgrading services elsewhere.

”These plans are generating uncertainty amongst staff and patients so today, at the AMs’ meeting, I asked that Betsi publish their 3 year plan and start a proper consultation on hospital changes.

”The way change is being handled at the moment is generating negative publicity for Betsi Cadwaladr and is in danger of discouraging doctors to apply for jobs in North Wales”

 

Notes

A meeting between North Wales AMs Aled Roberts, Darren Millar, Ann Jones, Alun Ffred Jones, Mark Isherwood and Antoinette Sandbach took place this morning (20th February) in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd with Betsi Cadwaladr Board officials Peter Higson (Chair), Professor Trevor Purt (Chief Executive) and Professor Mathew Makin (Medical Director).


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