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Neonatal care: First minister defends his decision

The first minister has defended his decision to insist that north Wales retains a specialist care unit for sick and premature babies.

Carwyn Jones said he accepted an independent review's suggestion that intensive care for babies be centralised at one north Wales site.

But he said some babies needing the highest care level will need to go to Arrowe Park hospital on the Wirral.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board had proposed using Arrowe Park for all serious cases due to a lack of specialist staff on its own books.

Health correspondent Owain Clarke spoke to Mr Jones on BBC Wales Today.

  • 12 Nov 2013
  • From the section Wales
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