CALLS have been made to refer a decision to close the minor injury unit at Colwyn Bay Hospital to the Welsh Government.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has pressed ahead with plans to shut the department with patients being treated at either Glan Clwyd or Llandudno hospitals.
Campaigners handed in a 1,700 petition against the plans by residents living in the Bay of Colwyn, with health bosses confirming they were included in the consultation.
Colwyn Bay Hospital Action Group member Cllr Cheryl Carlisle,who represents the Colwyn Ward on Conwy County Council, said: “We are outraged on behalf of the public.
"They had already decided before the meeting what the outcome was.
Llandudno Hospital and Glan Clwyd Hospital have now been designated as hospital 'hubs' to provide X-ray and minor injury units to residents living within a 40 minute drive.
Fellow Colwyn councillor Brian Cossey, also a member of the action group, said: “There is a lot of disappointment. Colwyn Bay is the largest town on the coast and not to have a minor injuries unit is appalling.
“People will have to travel to Llandudno now.
"Everything we have heard about the plans seems to be an increase in costs.
“There has been no financial information throughout the consultation."
Darren Millar, AM for Clwyd West, said: “It is a devastating blow for people of the Bay of Colwyn.
“I would hope the community health council will refer the matter to Health Minister Lesley Griffiths or the minister will call the decision in.
"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."
Health bosses have said they will invest £80,000 into helping cover travel cost for those who will be impacted by the changes across North Wales.
Geoff Lang, executive director of primary care, community and mental health services, said: "We cannot give categorical assurances to provide transport for everyone affected by the changes."
Funds could be used to help enhance local community transport schemes.