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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 09:34 UK time, Friday, 29 September 2006

It's quite an emotive expression, but that's what the older people in Flint appear to be saying about the plans to remove NHS beds from the local hospital.

The sentiments were made by some of 70 or so people who protested outside a meeting of Flintshire Local Health Board when the decision was taken to 'go out to consultation' regarding plans to move the beds from Flint Community Hospital as part of plans to revamp the heathcare provision in the town.

The local newspaper, the Evening Leader, spoke to protesters like Joan Hampson who said: "If anyone on that board knew what it was like to have a relative who wanted to die there they would not be treating us with such contempt.”

They also spoke with Janet Oare: "What right do the health board have to take away people’s right to spend their last days where they want?”

Meanwhile, the Daily Post newspaper reports that one board member, Flint councillor David Wilkes, resigned over the issue. The newspaper goes on to say the health board wants to build a state-of-the-art health centre, claiming it will cater for Flint's health needs into the 21st Century as the population is predicted to grow dramatically.

Health watchdog Clwyd Community Health Council agreed to write an article for this website to clarify the situation regarding planned changes in the region's health service. Take a look...

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