Back in July 2013 the North Wales Health Alliance attended a stakeholder meeting organised by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. Among the matters aired was the possibility of removing one of the three A&E services from Bangor, Bodelwyddan or Wrecsam.
One very senior official present argued that it should be Wrecsam because patients could be treated in Chester and the Wirral.
Now the health Minister Mark Drakeford has said that one of the three A&E departments in the north could be downgraded (although he later claimed he meant re-alignment).
This led to a denial by Betsi Cadwaladr's Dr Olwen Williams: “As the minister said, the important thing is that the system works together so that the people of North Wales receive the treatment they need, where and when they need it.
“Let's be clear, at present, there are no plans to change the services at our three A&E units at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and Wrexham Maelor.
“We are, however, always looking at ways to improve the quality, safety and sustainability of our clinical services. Over the past 12 months we have held a series of workshops with stakeholders from the voluntary sector, local authorities, staff, the Community Health Council, patient groups and trade unions to help us shape our future strategic plans.
“We are already undertaking a lot of work to improve existing services, including building a state of the art emergency quadrant at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, redeveloping the A &E building in Ysbyty Gwynedd and upgrading the Minor Injuries Unit at Llandudno Hospital."
Upgrades and new builds in Bangor and Bodelwyddan. No mention of improving Wrecsam.
How safe is Wrecsam's A&E department?
UPDATE: This is a comment on wrexham.com: I'm currently awaiting a very minor outpatients procedure. I was referred to see a consultant by my Wrexham GP. The resulting appointment letter was sent from Countess of Chester. Although I saw the consultant at the Maelor yesterday, the short procedure will be carried out at…The Countess of Chester. So other than the room at the Maelor, where I spoke to the consultant, all my treatment plan is being conducted from Chester!