A WORRIED grandfather is calling for more time to let people know about a major shake-up of health services.
Under proposals to create three super-hospitals across North Wales, Flintshire people could find themselves travelling to Bangor for treatment.
Dennis Parry, of Penyffordd, says health chiefs are rushing the plans through and people are not being told about the massive changes.
Last week the Chronicle exclusively revealed only one member of the public turned up to one of the three sessions held in Mold on May 22.
And only two people turned up at the same sessions at Holywell on Thursday .
Mr Parry, a former leader of Clwyd County Council, says handing out leaflets and having three bank holidays during the consultation period of April 3 to June 26 is not good enough.
He has written to health chiefs asking for an extension, but they have refused.
'This is an absolute insult and disgrace,' he said. 'The Chronicle's article was right, it is a shambles.
'They are treating the people of Flintshire and North Wales with contempt. I have never seen such an important document rushed so much in all my political career.'
Mr Parry is crippled by rheumatoid arthritis and during bad bouts he has to spend between two and three weeks in hospital.
If he had to travel to Bangor for treatment it would be impossible for his family to visit him.
Mr Parry, and his partner Cindy Hinds, a community councillor, only found out about the consultation document when it was brought up at a meeting.
Flintshire Local Health Board (FLHB) bosses are blaming the poor attendance at meetings on the fact that Flintshire does not have a general hospital.
'It's essential the public join with us in the consultation and make their views known,' said FLHB Chairman Barry Harrison.
For more information, go to www.wales.nhs.uk/norwalesecare , write to Mr Andrew Butters, Project Director, Room G3, Croesnewydd Hall, Croesnewydd Road, Wrexham LL13 7YP, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. or call Llinos Roberts at FLHB on 01352 803434.