Saturday, 29 August 2015

Hundreds in Wrexham sign petition to protect North Wales maternity services

Hundreds of signatures were collected today in Wrecsam town centre in response to the Health Boards consultation on the future of maternity services across north Wales. 

The petition opposes any downgrading of services at the Wrexham Maelor and also calls on Betsi Cadwaladr to retain doctor-led services in all three district hospitals.

One of the four options being considered is the temporary downgrading of doctor-led maternity services at Wrexham Maelor hospital. This option would see up to 1000 expectant mothers forced to travel to either Glan Clwyd or Chester to have their babies.

Plaid's Wrexham Assembly candidate Carrie Harper said: " There was a very strong reaction from local people today to the idea of downgrading Wrexham maternity services. Many people were horrified at the proposals and expressed their concerns about the possibility of so many local women having to travel for care and the increased risk this would pose to the health of new mothers and their babies."

" Many also expressed a huge amount of support for the staff at the Maelor and the quality of care they'd received when having their own children there.."

"Childbirth is by its nature very unpredictable, I know this only to well myself having had my son 9 weeks early, having the right level of care on hand locally was absolutely vital for us and will be for other local families. Studies have shown that an increased travel time of just 45 minutes can significantly increase infant mortality rates. The increased travel time to get to either Glan Clwyd or the Countess of Chester, along with other problems such as congestion on both the A55 and the A483 will put local mothers and babies at an unacceptable increased level of risk."

 "Plaid Cymru have consistently challenged Betsicadwaldr's plans to downgrade maternity services across north Wales. Option 1 of the current consultation would see doctor led-maternity care continue to be provided at all three district hospitals at Wrexham, Glan Clwyd and Ysbyty Gwynedd.  This is the option we need to fight for."

"To give people more information, we've also organised a public meeting in the Catrin Finch centre at Glyndwr University (Crispin Lane entrance) at 7pm on Friday, September 4th. Among the speakers will be Ruth Drake from the Cherish charity and a long-time campaigner for better baby care services locally, as well as Dr Eamonn Jessup, of the British Medical Association. I would urge people to  come along to have their say."

People can also sign the online petition which currently has over 1,800 signatures here:

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