Monday, 4 August 2014

Special Care Baby Unit - Seven years of consistent campaigning

News that Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board is considering downgrading Wrecsam Maelor's Special Care Baby Unit to a midwife-led unit is another blow to the health service locally.

The news report reveals that the health board almost had to close the doors of the SCBU in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd recently due to recruitment problems with specialist doctors. This is where the Welsh Government opted to place the Sub-Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Centre for North Wales, having U-turned on its earlier decision to move the most critical intensive care cases to Arrowe Park on the Wirral.

The campaign locally to retain a full consultant-led SCBU in Wrecsam has been spearheaded by Cherish, the local neonatal charity, and fully supported by Plaid Wrecsam.

In fact, in a rare blast from the past, we've unearthed this SEVEN-YEAR-OLD story from an earlier version of this blog. If a week's a long time in politics, in blogging terms this is positively pre-historic.

Plaid's message has been consistent throughout that time - we want the best services delivered as local as possible. All along we've stood alongside parents, patients and staff who share our view. We accept that some acute services are best delivered at a specialist site but, if we accept that neonatal care is essentially an emergency service, then it has to be within easy reach of patients.

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