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'Hospital with no beds is quite preposterous'.

Byline: ALEX HICKEY

Fury as report backs ending in-patient service AN MP has labelled "preposterous" a proposal to remove all 12 inpatient beds from a community hospital - and campaigners have vowed to fight any such move "tooth and nail".

Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP Elfyn Llwyd has waded into the row over a report which would see Blaenau Ffestiniog Memorial Hospital effectively closed and reconstituted as a health centre.

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POST50p NEWSPAPER WEST "The option of keeping the hospital open with no beds is to me quite preposterous."

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A HOSPITAL is under threat of being shut to inpatients.

Angrylocals saythey'llmarchtoopposeany downgradingofBlaenauFfestiniog Memorial Hospitalafterareportrecommended turning it into ahealthcentre -shutting all 12 inpatient bedsand forcingpatients needingto stayovernightto travel13milestoPorthmadog.Itcomessevenyearsafter1,000peoplemarched inprotestatadecisiontocutbedsfrom18to12.

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Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has said the findings have yet to be discussed and "no decisions have yet been reached". But local woman Eurwen Davies, 75, is appalled that removing all inpatient beds from the hospital is even under discussion.

"My next door neighbour Mrs Bet Morris, who is recovering from knee replacement surgery and a broken leg, has been in the hospital since August. "The treatment she receives there is fantastic and she has now been able to start walking again. I visit her every day as she has very few relatives who live nearby and can visit her. What will happen to her if the hospital closes?" Anglesey woman Laurwena Williams said the Memorial Hospital stepped in last year to provide a bed for her elderly father, Robin Davies who suffers from dementia.

"He was there for 10 weeks and received the best care until we managed to find a place for him at a nursing home in Criccieth where he celebrated his 100th birthday in January. I don't know what we would have done without the hospital."

Campaign group the Memorial Hospital Defence Committee held an emergency meeting on Monday night in which they vowed to fight the proposals "tooth and nail". A health board spokesman said: "Dr Edward Roberts' report will help inform the engagement process over the next two months regarding the future of primary care and community services in North Wales.

"The board will then agree with the community health council which elements of the plans require public consultation."

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