Pupils win battle for new mobile dental unit

Campaigning AM’s delight over Health Board decision

Pupils in Corwen are celebrating after hearing that their campaign to reinstate a mobile dental unit has been successful.

Pupils at Ysgol Caer Drewyn, Corwen, have been campaigning to re-instate their mobile dental unit and had received backing from Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd during a recent visit. They visited the Senedd in Cardiff Bay this week to hand over their petition to the National Assembly’s Petitions Committee.

They were delighted to hear from Llyr Gruffydd, who has been campaigning with the children, that he had received information that the Health Baord would re-instate the unit at the earliest possible opportunity.

Llyr Gruffydd went to see the pupils to break the good news to them and congratulate them on their successful campaign.

Llyr Gruffydd said: “These pupils took it upon themselves to argue the case for their health services. The dental unit serves pupils across north Wales and ensured that thousands of pupils receive the treatment they need in order to protect their oral health. It goes to show that when a group of people put their minds to something that they can achieve great results. This is all down to the children of Ysgol Caer Drewyn and the whole of Corwen should be very proud of them.”

Gary Doherty, CEO of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said, in a letter to Llyr Gruffydd:

“I was pleased to learn that the pupils of Ysgol Caer Drewyn, Corwen appreciate the service and I can understand their concern regarding the disruption to the service they normally receive… We have now set out a specification for a replacement unit and will be commencing procurement imminently. We will be emphasising the need to have the new unit in place at the earliest opportunity”.

Cllr Huw Jones, representing Corwen, had also been involved in the campaign. Cllr Jones said: “I’m very proud of these children and the way that they have shown that by working together for the benefit of others they can get things done.”


Title picture: Ysgol Caer Drewyn children jump for joy after getting the good news from Llyr Gruffydd AM.

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