More than one thousand people have now signed an online petition calling on Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the Welsh Government to safeguard nursing beds at Penrhos Polish Home, Pwllheli.
The future of nursing beds at the site remains uncertain, despite Clwyd Alyn Housing Association announcing it was taking over the running of the site, which includes sheltered accommodation.
Local MP Liz Saville Roberts, Cllr Angela Russell and Chair of the North Wales Health Alliance Mabon ap Gwynfor have been in regular dialogue with the health board to lobby for the continuation of nursing bed provision beyond March 2021.
Health campaigner and Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd candidate at the 2021 Senedd elections Mabon ap Gwynfor set up the petition to illustrate the level of local concern at the uncertain future facing the Penrhos site.
Mabon ap Gwynfor said,
‘It became apparent quite quickly that the people of Pen Llŷn hold the Polish Village at Penrhos in the highest regard.’
‘They appreciate its long history and how Polish residents became part of the community, and the service that is provided there to the families of vulnerable elderly people in Pen Llŷn.’
‘There is no other nursing bed facility in Pen Llŷn, so people clearly value it and there is a crying need for it.’
‘The fact that over 1,000 people have already signed this petition calling on both the Health Board and Welsh Government to ensure that nursing bed provision is maintained at Penrhos shows how important the facility is to local people.’
'Local community leaders are unanimous that the people of Pen Llŷn urgently need to know what the future holds for nursing beds at Penrhos and how nursing care will be maintained in the immediate area.'
Hard copies of the petition are being distributed in various communities and will be collected by early September before we present it to the Board.
You can sign the petition here: https://www.dwyformeirionnydd.wales/nursing_beds
You can download a hard copy here: