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Friday, January 30, 2015

Cottage Hospital closure raised on national TV

The closure of Llangollen Cottage Hospital was raised on national television last night (Thursday).

An edition of the BB1 current affairs panel show Question Time from Wrexham began with the issue of the performance of the NHS in Wales compared to its counterpart in England.

* Question Time chairman David Dimbleby.
First questioner from the floor selected by chairman David Dimbleby came from Llangollen county councillor Stuart Davies.

He said: "The Betsi Cadwaladr health board has been closing cottage hospitals, one in Llangollen with about 15 beds.

"We've seen on national news - not Welsh news - national news queues of ambulances outside the Maelor hospital here.

"And why are they there? Because of bed blocking, and if the people in those beds could have gone to the cottage hospitals we wouldn't see the queues."

David Dimbleby responded: "Are you saying the Prime Minister is right to say to Wales, you cannot run a health service?"

Cllr Davies replied: "He's correct."

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