North West Wales

Llandudno hospital breast care changes decision due

Llandudno General Hospital
Image caption The health board says a decision will be taken on Llandudno Hospital later this month

Health officials are denying claims that a decision has been taken to remove women's breast surgery services from Llandudno Hospital in Conwy.

Two Conservatives, Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb and AM Janet Finch-Saunders, say they have been told services will be switched to hospitals in Gwynedd and Denbighshire.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says it is dealing with staff shortages.

But it said no decision has been made.

Ms Finch-Saunders wants a meeting with the health board to discuss the issue, which has caused concern locally.

The Daily Post reports that Llandudno Town Council has voted to write to the health board and Welsh government health minister Lesley Griffiths asking for the unit to be retained.

'Shocked and furious'

Ms Finch-Saunders said: "I am shocked and furious that we were told time and time again by both Betsi Cadwaladr and the minister for health and social services [Edwina Hart] that Llandudno Hospital would be safe from downgrades."

A health board spokesperson said a departmental meeting took place before Christmas to plan for forthcoming national changes in junior doctor training and the subsequent effects on staff cover and, therefore, the impact on surgical services.

"A series of proposals have been drawn up to make sure patient safety is not put at risk and we anticipate the health board will make a final decision on these later this month," he said.

"The majority of breast services at Llandudno Hospital, including clinics, diagnostics and the Breast Test Wales service will not be affected."

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