Thursday, 25 October 2012

Health campaigners lobby board over hospital closure

Campaigners from Keep Llangollen Health Services attended the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board meeting today in Wrecsam to lobby board members. 
 The campaigners handed board members a simple leaflet asking for assurances on key points. Among them were assurances that the hospital would not close until the new health centre was built. The current plan is to close the hospital in 2013 and aim to have the health centre built on a site in the town by 2015. 
 However the consultation document is long on promises and spin, short on substance.
 Within minutes two senior BCUHB officers including Geoff Lang (pictured) had come out to try to placate the protesters. 
 He was asked whether he could give any guarantee that the capital needed to build the proposed new health centre - an estimated £5.5 million - would be in place in 2015 as intended. Without this funding via the Welsh Government there will be no health centre and local people will have lost a key health service in the locality.
 Mr Lang could give no such assurance and it remains a real worry that the gap between closing the hospital and opening the health centre could become a long one.


Plaid Queensway said...

After what has happened with Powys Fadog, I for one would never support Karen Sinclairs health centre at River Lodge, regardless of when they intend to build it.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

It's very difficult to take a dislike to the affable Geoff Laing; he is a very good servant of the Trust and fights their corner.