Tuesday, August 01, 2006

its 11,000 now....

Latest press release about hospital campaign is below...

11,000 back Hospital Campaign.

Plaid Cymru today revealed that over 11,000 people have signed petitions opposing the closure or downgrading of Hospital Services in North Wales.

The petitions were launched by Mark David Jones in the Vale of Clwyd, Cllr Phil Edwards in Clwyd West and Cllr Gareth Jones in Aberconwy after the publication of the Secondary Care Review which proposed a dramatic downgrading of services in Llandudno and the closure of Abergele and HM Stanley Hospitals.

Plaid Spokesman in the Vale of Clwyd Mark David Jones said “ The response has been astonishing and it is clear that the public are opposed to the planned cuts in service. We recognise the financial pressures put on the Health service by the Labour governments in Cardiff and Westminster. However this round of cuts does not address the root causes of the financial problems in the NHS and my fear is that if they are implemented we will be back here in a year or two fighting to save hospitals in Denbigh and Ruthin from closure.”

Cllr Phil Edwards recently captured the former Tory stronghold of Rhos on Sea in a county council by-election. He commented “ The single biggest issue on the doorstep was the proposed closures and down grading of services in local hospitals. People turned to Plaid Cymru as they knew we were the only party to have consistently championed the cause of small hospitals.”

Cllr Gareth Jones said “ My main focus has been on Llandudno and the proposed cuts there. However this whole package is deeply flawed and will do lasting damage to services across North Wales it must be thrown out.”
The petitions have now been presented to the Community Health Councils covering Conwy and Denbighshire.


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