A CALL to reinstate services at a community hospital was made as local politicians slammed health bosses and watchdogs.
A vote of no confidence in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the Community Health Council was passed by Flintshire Council.
The authority criticised the “premature” wind-down of patient services at Flint Community Hospital, before the end of consultation over a planned health shake up.
It followed news that the CHC was granted a 10-day extension in which to respond to the board over its decision to close Flint Hospital and move level three neo-natal services out of North Wales.
The CHC has indicated it will not refer the changes to the Health Minister, Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths, for ‘call-in’.
Flintshire Council leader Aaron Shotton said: “To the best of my knowledge, no patients are occupying any of the wards in Flint Hospital. Referrals ceased some time ago.
“Front-line and ancillary staff have either transferred to other establishments or are being notified of changes to their work place. Closure, it appear,s is imminent.”
But he asked: What about the process? What about the minister’s call-in powers?”
At the meeting of Flintshire Council on Friday, he added: “The council has lost confidence in the way in which Betsi Cadwaladwr University Health Board is conducting its service reviews and is making service changes to local community services as a result.
“The withdrawal of local community services without a clear transition plan, and before the Community Health Council has made its submission to the minister on the reviews as the statutory ‘consultee’ representing the interests of patients, is both premature and unsafe. I therefore formally submit a resolution of no confidence in the proposals made upon the effected communities such as Flint by the Board of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
“The council calls on the minister to direct the board to reinstate the local community services which have been changed or withdrawn in Flintshire by the health board prematurely.
“The minister needs to have decided whether changes are to take place once the community health council has made its submission and before any action is taken, and has to be assured of the safety of any transition plan before it is actioned.”
Councillors agreed the vote of no confidence should include the CHC which is due to respond to BCUHB on Monday, March 11.
Langollen Community Hospital is also due to close under the proposals.