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No confidence motion debate in Wales

28th January 2013

Three Colwyn Bay councillors have deferred on a decision to propose a motion of no confidence in health service managers.

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The councillors, all from different parties, were going to propose the motion in front of Conwy council but have deferred in order to meet with managers.

The three councillors are Phil Edwards from Plaid Cymru, Brian Cosey from the Liberal Democrats and Cheryl Carlisle from the Conservative party.

The proposal followed the decision by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to shut down four community hospitals and move the treatment of very ill infants to hospitals in England.

Council leader Dilwyn Roberts told the meeting: "This motion has made people sit up and listen. The phone has been red hot since it was published."

"The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has agreed to meet with us urgently. I hope this will be a constructive way forward, not just for us but for the whole of north Wales." 

Dame June Clark, emeritus professor of community nursing, told BBC Radio Wales: "I do think that this time the combined effects of the increase in demand because of the ageing population and the financial problems coming together as they have, mean that change is not only necessary, it's inevitable and we have to face that and learn to live with it." 

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