The two sides in a legal case over plans to downgrade maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd have failed to reach a compromise.
It follows a call from a High Court judge to agree to a public consultation on proposals to suspend doctor-led care for up to 18 months at the Bodelwyddan hospital. The hearing at Mold County Court, expected to last for two days, will resume at 2pm this afternoon.
Campaigners had been aiming to apply for a judicial review over the plans in the case of a Denbigh mother – they argue the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board failed to properly consult the public and tried to bypass Welsh Assembly procedures in the process. The legal bid, put forward by a Prestatyn GP, has been backed by the British Medical Association.
This morning, the Honourable Mrs Justice Davies hinted the legal action would go ahead, but asked both sides to meet privately first and reach agreement on a public consultation to allow those ”wholly ignored” to have their say and avoid a delay in proceedings. But both sides have failed to reach an agreement and the hearing will resume this afternoon.
The health board plans to introduce the suspension of doctor-led care later this month, pending the outcome of the case. Last week, it was revealed plans to downgrade other maternity services including gynaecology and the specialist care baby unit had been scrapped.