First Minister fails to give assurances on maternity services in North Wales
Aled Roberts AM is predicting more uncertainty for maternity services after the First Minister refused to give assurances that consultant-led services will be provided on a permanent basis in all three hospitals across the BCUHB region.
Commenting following FMQs yesterday the North Wales Lib Dem Assembly Member, Aled Roberts, said:
“I’m warning that the battle to retain doctor led maternity services at all three sites across north Wales has not yet been won.
“The First Minister failed to offer any reassurances today, and now the Welsh Labour Government needs come clean on the future of maternity units in north Wales rather than announce only this temporary decision to get them through the Assembly election.
“Whilst today’s Board decision that consultant-led maternity services would remain on all three hospital sites in north Wales was very welcome, it masks the fact that a further decision will have to be taken once a further report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is received early next year.
“Papers agreed at today’s meeting of the Board at BCUHB make it clear that this new report will be the start of yet another formal consultation process which could again open a discussion on one of the units, presumably at Bangor or Wrexham, being downgraded.
“In addition, today’s Written Statement by the Deputy Minister makes it clear that last week’s announcement was about giving people ‘certainty about the temporary options for women’s and maternity services in North Wales’.
“If Betsi has decided that following recruitment it can deliver safe and sustainable services on all three sites then both the Health Board and the Welsh Labour Government need to explain why that can’t be delivered in the long term”.