North East Wales

Mark Drakeford demands independent report into maternity plan

Health Minister Mark Drakeford has demanded an independent report into plans to remove doctor-led maternity care at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan.

He has written to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board raising concerns over the move.

Under the changes women needing a consultant will have to go to Ysbyty Gwynedd or Wrexham Maelor hospitals.

Mr Drakeford has asked for "assurances" on behalf of expectant mothers.

He wants a "definitive timescale" on when the service will be returned to the hospital.

In the letter, addressed to the health board, Mr Drakeford said: "It's very important that patients and their families are provided with clear in formation on this very important matter, without any room for ambiguity."

The health board welcomed the letter.

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