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Decision over future of community hospitals in Mold and Flint imminent

A DECISION on the future of community hospitals in Mold and Flint could be imminent as health chiefs announce they will meet next week to discuss the findings of a major consultation.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) – which needs to save £65m – was due to talk about the results in December but this was delayed until the new year because of the high level of responses.

Health chiefs will now consider recommendations at a special meeting in St Asaph on Friday, January 18.

Under the plans to shake-up healthcare services, Flint Community Hospital faces the axe and the minor injuries unit and X-ray department at Mold Community Hospital could close.

Action groups in both towns have lobbied against the plans and demanded they be scrapped.

In December the patient watchdog for NHS care in North Wales said it couldn’t accept plans to overhaul hospital services as they stand as ‘there is a lack of detail’.

A spokesman for the health board said BCUHB has been considering feedback received from the formal consultation which took place up to the end of October.

In a statement released this week, BCUHB said: “The consultation gave members of the public from across North Wales the chance to comment on the proposals. Many organisations, including local authorities and town and community councils, other NHS bodies and professional organisations, have responded.

“The health board is also considering any additional information that has been put forward, together with any alternative suggestions or ideas. We also wanted to hear about any concerns or issues that would need to be addressed if the board decides to go ahead with a particular proposal, including any equality implications.”

The board will consider recommendations at a special meeting at the Optic Centre in St Asaph at 10am on Friday, January 18.