‘Health Board sabotaging intensive care baby review’ – Aled Roberts

2013 Ebrill 23 4:16 PM

Responding to the First Minister's statement on the Review of Neonatal Services in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat North Wales AM, commented:

"The First Minister's review is being sabotaged by the Health Board who are making changes before the ink is dry on the review's terms of reference.

"The original Betsi Cadwaladr consultation in October was issued on the basis that Ysbyty Gwynedd, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and Ysbyty Maelor would continue to provide short term intensive care, as well as special care baby units and high dependency units. Yet within three weeks of the First Minister rubberstamping the transfer of specialist intensive care level 3 to Arrow Park, Betsi are now looking at transferring other specialist baby care services to either Glan Clwyd or Arrowe Park.

"It is vital that no decisions on the removal of level 2 services are made pending the outcome of this review, as it seems that changes are being allowed to progress by stealth.

"But there is also another issue. It is my belief that the original data used by the Health Board to reach its conclusion was flawed. I am also concerned that the scope of this review is limited to an independent assessment of the viability of providing level 3 neonatal provision for North Wales. The people of North Wales deserve more than this.

"There is a need for a wholesale review of the entire process to date, which must be open and transparent, as so far the process has been anything but."

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