Prestatyn residents could miss out on say over future of community hospital
15 August 2012 |
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PRESTATYN people could miss out on having their say over the future of their community hospital.
That was the warning from Veronica Wells, of Prestatyn Community Hospital Action Committee, who claimed people wanting to attend a forthcoming public meeting were being asked to book their place.
Ms Wells, of Plastirion Avenue, said: “It’s an absolute farce – public meetings should be open to all to attend.
“We will just have to fight the fight – the people of Prestatyn are not going to take this lying down.”
A spokesman for the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, said only 50 people can attend a meeting at once, giving more of an opportunity for people to have their say.
“A consultation will start on Monday and people will have to call or email to book a place at the meetings,” he said.
“We will put more than one meeting on so that as many people get the chance to have a say.”
Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane advised people to register early for the meetings.
“I have made representations to the local health board about the meeting but they want to cap it at 50 people,” he said.
“We could be looking at new hospital in the Rhyl and Prestatyn area with state of the art facilities. This needs to be explained properly to local people.”
The hospital is earmarked for closure, along with the Royal Alexander Hospital in Rhyl, with services being provided by a new-look healthcare base that will cater for patients across North Denbighshire.
David M Morris, chairman of Prestatyn Community Hospital League of Friends, said in a letter to The Journal, the proposed closure was “absolutely insane”.
He said: “It saddens me deeply that Betsi Cadwaladr board are intent on depriving vulnerable people of this much needed facility.”
Anyone who wants to attend the public meeting should call 08006785297 from Monday August 20.
Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org and for more information visit www.bsuhbjointhedebate.wales.nhs.uk