Denbighshire council and Betsi Cadwaladr criticised over no show at hospital meeting
03 October 2012 |
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CRITICISM has been directed at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Denbighshire Council for not attending public meetings to discuss the fate of Prestatyn Community Hospital.
Nearly 100 people attended two meetings held on September 28 at Prestatyn Parish Church to discus controversial plans to close the hospital.
Vale of Clwyd AM Ann Jones said: “People attending felt strongly that the health board had already made its decision, and there was general cynicism about the consultation exercise.
“There was also major criticism of both Betsi Cadwaladr and Denbighshire for not attending the meetings.”
A spokeswoman for Denbighshire, said: “Denbighshire has been engaged in a number of formal consultation meetings with Betsi Cadwaladr regarding the proposed changes to local health services.
“We understood the meeting with Ann Jones was to enable her to gather public opinion and was not part of the formal consultation.”
One of the organisers, Veronica Wells, said: “The public meetings were brilliant - a lot of things were discussed.
“It was a lot more relaxed - people spoke from the heart.
“We now need to team up with other groups from other areas to fight for the community hospitals - because it is not just Prestatyn that is being affected by the cuts.”
Ms Wells added that Betsi Cadwaladr and Denbighshire were both invited to attend the meetings but declined the offer. Betsi Cadwaladr said it was aware of the meetings and it will be pleased to receive feedback from these as part of the consultation process.
“We have already staged three meetings in Prestatyn and a further three in Rhyl, to discuss our proposals with members of the local community and listen to any comments or concerns that they wish to raise.
“Everyone who came to the meeting had the opportunity to ask questions and give their views.”
Details on how individuals and groups can put forward their views can be found on the consultation website at www.bcuhbjointhedebate.wales.nhs.uk