Ma­ter­nity pe­ti­tion with 10,000 sig­na­tures is handed to board

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TEN thou­sand peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing any change to ma­ter­nity ser­vices in North Wales.

The doc­u­ment was pre­sented to Betsi Cad­wal­adr bosses last Thurs­day by cam­paign­ers and Plaid Cymru politi­cians.

It comes as the con­sul­ta­tion over the pro­posed tem­po­rary down­grade of f doc­tor-led ma­ter­nity at one of the re­gion’s three dis­trict hos­pi­tals en­ters its fi­nal days.

Health chiefs ar­gue a short­age in mid­dle-gradee doc­tors has left the ser­vice un­sta­ble, un­safe and on the “verge of col­lapse”, and that an ur­gent change must be made to pre­vent fur­ther risk to moth­ers and ba­bies.

But cam­paign­ers fear the down­grade will in fact put women in need of a con­sul­tant-as­sisted birth in dan­ger as they are forced to travel an ex­tra 45 min­utes down the A55 to another hos­pi­tal in po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions.

Plaid Cymru AM for North Wales Llyr Gruffyd Gruffydd said: “Cam “Cam­paign­ers acro across the reg re­gion have co col­lected more than 10,000 names on pe­ti­tions o op­pos­ing the d down­grad­ing of ma­ter­nity ser ser­vices.” ABA BCUHB spokes spokesman said: “We are lis­ten­ingli to all views ex­pressed and all re­sponses to the con­sul­ta­tion will be in­de­pen­dently an­a­lysed. Fol­low­ing this, a re­port will be sub­mit­ted to the board for a de­ci­sion to be made.”

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