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Tuesday, November 16, 1999 Published at 17:45 GMT

UK: Wales

Health on the agenda for public debate

Jamie Owen will be presenting the Talkback programme

Young people in north Wales are being invited to question a panel of prominent Welsh figures on the BBC Wales television programme Talkback.

Coming from different places in Wales each month, Talkback's next destination is Glan Clwyd Hospital at Bodelwyddan in north Wales.

This edition of the BBC1 Wales programme will focus on health and poverty, and panellists include Enid Rowlands, the chair of the North Wales Health Authority and Russel Hopkins, the Chair of Bro Morgannwg Health Trust.

Health questions

Enid Rowlands is formerly the Managing Director of the Welsh Development Agency in north Wales, and is currently based at Glan Clwyd Hospital.

Panellist Russel Hopkins is also an expert in the health field.

He is a consultant Oral and Facial Surgeon, and has held numerous posts including general manager of the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, and chairman of the Welsh Consultants and Specialist committee.

He is currently the chair of Bro Morgannwg Health Trust.

Political slant

A political slant to the discussions will be given by one of the guests in particular - Lembit Opik, the Liberal Democrat MP for Montgomeryshire.

Mr Opik became MP for Montgomeryshire in 1997. He was a member of the Liberal Democrats Federal Executive from 1991 and was elected to Newcastle City Council in 1992.

He is the Liberal Democrats¿ spokesman on Wales, Northern Island, and Youth Affairs.

Anybody who is keen to put a burning question to the panel on any topic can submit questions by E-mail.

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