AN ASSEMBLY member has warned a health board to heed public opinion, on the eve of announcing its new plans.
Darren Millar, AM for Clwyd West and Shadow Minister for Health, appealed to the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) to listen to the people of North Wales before making final decisions on re-organisation - the results of which will be announced at the Optics Centre in St Asaph tomorrow (Friday, January 18).
Health board proposals include the removal of long-term neonatal care from the special care baby unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital, with families instead required to travel to Arrowe Park on the Wirral.
Other proposals include the closure of the Minor Injuries Unit at Colwyn Bay Communtity Hospital.
Mr Millar said: “This hugely significant crossroads will either sweep away local services or give them the importance they deserve.
“I urge NHS bosses to listen to the people of North Wales and scrap plans to downgrade healthcare in the region.
“Patients should not have to travel further for emergency treatment and bulldozing these plans through – despite significant opposition – would amount to a shocking betrayal of our communities.
He added: “This is a final chance for common sense to return and alternatives to be found.