CAMPAIGNERS fighting to overturn a decision to close a community hospital are to hand in a 5,000-strong petition.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board began moving services out of Flint Hospital earlier this year and began closing the facility last month amid a wave of protests.
The under-fire health board has indicated a new £4.5m health centre could be built in Flint to replace the hospital.
But campaigners will hand their petition to Welsh health minister Mark Drakeford in a bid to see the decision reversed.
Conservative health spokesman Darren Millar and North Wales Assembly Members Mark Isherwood and Llyr Gruffydd will attend a meeting this evening with campaigners to discuss the matter.
Campaign spokesman Mike Evans said the proposed investment was a once-in-a-generation investment in the town and insists the opportunity be used to address the “obvious mistake” the health board made in removing front line health services from the town.
“All throughout this process we have highlighted the inadequacies and failings from the most senior decision-making members of the health board,” he said.
“Every concern that we raised has been realised.”
BCUHB recently revealed it had asked the Welsh Government for £4.5m to develop a new health care centre in the town but is insistent the new centre will not have a minor injuries facility or community beds.
But Mr Evans added: “This £4.5m cannot be squandered simply on a new clinic and home for two GP surgeries and a new office for health board officials.
“The health board would like to give the impression that the issue is closed but from a campaign point view it most certainly isn't," he added.
The Flint Hospital Campaign Group says the petition calls for the reinstatement of minor injuries and community beds at the Old London Road facility.
Mr Evans is urging as many local people to attend the meeting taking place from 7pm at Flint Town Hall.