AN ASSEMBLY member has hit out at plans by the Health Board to close part of a community hospital in the face of strong public opposition from residents and users.
Darren Millar, AM for Clwyd West, criticised the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board 's decision, revealed at a meeting in St Asaph today, to close the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) in Colwyn Bay.
Mr Millar said: "I'm incredibly disappointed by this decision.
"Health managers insist the proposals will lead to better care for patients, but as the largest town on the North Wales coast, Colwyn Bay ought to have a hospital which has sufficient services and resources to meet local needs.
“As residents who attended the public meeting I organised in September told me: an ageing local population; poor public transport; plans to increase housing in the area; and the new sporting developments in the town, are just some of the reasons why they wanted to keep a Minor Injuries service in Colwyn Bay."
Mr Millar added that A&E departments across the area were busier than ever, and plans to downgrade community hospitals "fly in the face of common sense."