HUNDREDS of residents are calling for a community surgery to remain open.
More than 200 Bodelwyddan people responded to a survey sent out by Ann Jones, AM for the Vale of Clwyd, after the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board announced that Fairhaven the town’s GP practice, would shut down this month.
In what Ms Jones described as an “overwhelming” response, 196 of those surveyed stated that they want a GP service to remain in operation in Bodelwyddan.
She said: “Residents and patients in Bodelwyddan have made their views loud and clear on this matter. The immediate response to this survey was incredible and it shows the strength of feeling that exists here.”
“I agree that GPs have a responsibility to provide this service because the alternatives are just unworkable for the people they are there help.”
Many patients said the journey to Abergele was difficult for older people with longstanding health problems, and that the ageing population of the village meant the service would be even more vital in the future.
Parents said they felt forced to wait for appointments at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, putting pressure on the hospital.
Ms Jones said: “The health board and GPs need to listen to the people of Bodelwyddan and reverse this decision immediately.”