A HEALTH watchdog has supported plans to transfer care for the sickest babies born at Glan Clwyd hospital to the Wirral.
Betsi Cadwaladr Community Health Council (CHC) agreed in a special meeting yesterday to support Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board's decision to transfer long-term neonatal intensive care to Arrowe Park hospital.
They will not refer the decision to Health Minister Lesley Griffiths.
Pat Billingham, chief officer of the CHC, said: “The Executive Committee gave its support to some of the health board’s proposals to change health services in North Wales.
“It was agreed that the CHC supports the Health Board’s proposals for the development of primary and community services, the provision of more care at home for vulnerable people and centralising specialist and emergency vascular surgical services, as well as the provision of complex and longer- term neonatal intensive care services at Arrowe Park Hospital.”
“The views of many people and organisations were considered and the decisions made by the Executive Committee on behalf of the CHC were not taken lightly.
“Further information which the CHC had received from the health board was also debated.
But the CHC says other aspects of the health board' s proposals require further scrutiny.
Mrs Billingham added: “There are however other aspects of the health board’s proposals that require further consideration and as per the Guidance for Engagement and Consultation, we are continuing to work with the health board, through the local resolution stage to seek clarification and assurance on these outstanding issues.”
Members of Conwy council today voted in support of a motion of no confidence in the health board.