North Wales Maternity Care Concerns

There are concerns "temporary" plans to downgrade maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd will be permanent.

Consultant-led neonatal care at the Denbighshire hospital is being suspended until Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board can look into staffing issues.

The health board says it's suffering a shortage of doctors, so mums-to-be who get into difficulties during labour will have to be treated in Wrexham or Bangor.

Llinos Andersson gave birth to her baby girl at Glan Clwyd hospital last month and says she couldn’t cope with having to go miles to receive care:

“I can’t think of anything worse than being in mid-labour and them telling me that I’ve got to go in an ambulance and go to Bangor or Wrexham.

“It’s the last thing any mum wants to deal with”.

However, it’s not just pregnant women who will be affected by the changes.

Marsha Davies has set up a Facebook page against the plans.

She says staff at the hospital have been telling her that they’re really worried:

“There were lots of them in tears.

“Many of them have said they’d rather work in a supermarket and be looked after than put up with the way the health board treats them.

“You’re going to have lots of midwives with post-traumatic stress from situations they’ve been wrongly put in, which is completely unfair”.

We’re told thousands of people are expected to protest the changes next week.

During urgent questions from AMs at the Senedd , Health Minister Mark Drakeford said he would be holding regular meetings with officials at the health board and expects them to restore normal service as quickly as possible.