Wales

'No long-term plan' for baby care, Betsi boss says.

New born baby, Betsi Cadwaladr sign, sign for Ysbyty Gwynedd, and outside A&E at Glan Clwyd Hospital

There is no long-term plan for maternity care in north Wales, the interim chief executive of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said.

The board said on Tuesday it would not press ahead with plans to temporarily downgrade maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Denbighshire.

Simon Dean told BBC Wales on Wednesday it had recruited enough doctors to keep services in place.

However he warned this solution may not be sustainable in the long term.

Mr Dean told Good Morning Wales the board had recruited seven new consultants and 27 midwives to fill rota gaps, which had "changed the level of risk".

But he admitted consultants doing the jobs of registrars was "not the traditional model".

Mr Dean said while there was no long-term plan in place for maternity services in north Wales, they had been stabilised in the immediate period and the matter would be discussed again with the relevant authorities and the public.

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