Wales

Glan Clwyd Hospital maternity care shake-up postponed

Glan Clwyd Hospital
Image caption Health board chief executive Trevor Purt: "We welcome the alternative proposals put forward by consultants"

Plans to stop consultant-led maternity services at a north Wales hospital have been postponed, say health officials.

The decision comes after alternative solutions to resolve staffing issues at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, were put forward.

Mums-to-be facing complicated births would have been sent to hospitals in Gwynedd and Wrexham under the plans.

The health board said it would give the revised proposals full consideration before making a decision.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board agreed to operate a midwifery-led unit following a report in February, prompting a public outcry and opposition from politicians.

All parties gathered for a meeting attended by 350 people earlier this month at which health board and medical officials agreed to try find to an alternative solution to withdrawing services for 18 months at Glan Clwyd starting from 6 April.

Health board chief executive Trevor Purt said: "We welcome the alternative proposals put forward by consultants in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

"We will now give them proper consideration and postpone implementation of any temporary changes to services for up to two weeks until this work is complete."

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