FURIOUS hospital campaigners have replaced tributes which were removed from outside Flint’s locked community hospital.
Distraught residents said they were “absolutely disgusted” at Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board’s (BCUHB) actions to remove what they say were messages and flowers left in memory of loved ones.
The messages, which were pinned on the hospital gates during Monday night’s protest against health care plans for the town, also called for beds and minor injuries to be reinstated in Flint.
Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board (BCUHB) confirmed banners and cards were taken down from the fencing outside the hospital by its staff.
It said some messages named third parties and it felt it was “inappropriate” to have them on display at the site.
Last night, organisers from Flint Hospital Campaign Group held a public meeting one week early – following residents’ “upset” and “anger” at the removal of the memorials.
Sandra Williams, from the group, said: “We called the public because everyone is so upset and angry and we needed to calm them down.”
Campaigners have warned the health board staff that if they take down the messages and flowers from the former hospital’s security gates, they will keep on replacing them.
Group members also congregated outside Flint Town Hall yesterday afternoon ahead of the Flint Primary Healthcare Project Steering Group meeting – where they staged a second demonstration in three days.
Miss Williams added the group would hold a further meeting next week to discuss the way forward.
“There were about 30 people at Wednesday night's meeting, a great deal of upset has been caused,” she said.
“The mood among people was very definitely, if the new messages are taken away then we will start all over again."
A spokesman for BCUHB previously said: “We have taken photographs of the messages to ensure each one will be logged, recorded and treated as formal feedback as part of the Flint Stakeholder event.”
The spokesman said a further meeting would be held in November to discuss plans for a new primary resource centre, but said the purpose was not to revisit the decision to close the hospital.