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All parties angry at decisions of Board.

Byline: POLITICIANS' VIEW By ALEX HICKEY

THERE was cross-party condemnation of the health board's decision to shut hospitals and transfer neonatal intensive care.

Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar said: "This is NHS bosses playing judge, jury and executioner on local healthcare across North Wales. Our region has been sentenced to unwanted NHS reform that will mean thousands travelling further.

"The suits at the top have turned their backs on the views of local people and respected professionals. This is an injustice that makes no sense and won't be forgotten.

"It is simply not fair to force any patient - particularly families with newborns - to travel many miles for treatment.

"Make no mistake, opposition to these dangerous decisions will continue."

Plaid's North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd labelled the transfer of neonatal services across the border as "dangerous."

He said: "I fear this decision is putting lives at risk and it is inexplicable that it should be made in the face of clinical advice and opposition from respected professional bodies such as the RCN (Royal College of Nursing and the BMA (British Medical Association).

"The very real experiences of parents with babies that have gone through intensive care at our existing excellent SCBUs (special care baby units) has also been ignored. I do not believe we were given the full facts regarding Arrowe Park and therefore the consultation process and decision was skewed.

"The same criticism applies to the closure, downgrading and centralisation of community hospitals such as Llangollen, Ruthin and Flint."

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones said she too was "deeply disappointed" by the health board's decision to shut Prestatyn Hospital and transfer neo-natal services following a "hard fought battle".

She said: "The meeting of the board was, in my view, little more than an exercise to rubber stamp the plans, it merely played lip service to scrutiny as the proposals were passed unanimously with few searching questions asked."
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