Prof Ceri Phillips
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Maternity U-turn: 'You can't compromise patient safety'

Plans to temporarily remove doctor-led maternity care at one of the three north Wales hospitals look set to be abandoned.

A document to go to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board next week recommends services at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan stay as they are.

Consultant-led maternity services at the Denbighshire hospital were due to go as part of widely-opposed plans.

Campaigners felt mothers and babies would have been put at risk.

The health board previously argued a shortage of staff meant full-blown maternity services could not be kept running at all three hospitals.

It wanted to temporarily transfer maternity doctors from Glan Clwyd to strengthen teams at Bangor's Ysbyty Gwynedd and Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Prof Ceri Phillips, professor of health economics at Swansea University, said the health board's U-turn would not have been made if it compromised patient safety.

  • 01 Dec 2015
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