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Welsh Govt 'expect waiting times to come down'

The Welsh Government said they "expect waiting times for diagnostic tests to come down" after NHS statistics showed Wales was the worst-performing country in the UK in that area.

Despite the pressures on the NHS, access to diagnostic tests is improving.

However, the health minister Mark Drakeford acknowledges waits are still too long in some cases, and last month announced £5 million of new funding to help the NHS reduce waiting times for those scans and tests where there are particular challenges.

Speeding up access to these tests will mean that patients get the results faster and can start their full treatment sooner. We expect waiting times for diagnostic tests to come down.

– Welsh Government spokeswoman

Read: Wales has worst waiting times for NHS tests in UK

Plaid Cymru: Stats show Labour's NHS mismanagement

Elin Jones, Plaid Cymru health spokeswoman, said the figures showing that Wales has high waiting list times for life-saving tests highlighted "the stark reality of Labour's mismanagement of the NHS".

The Health Minister needs to take emergency action to bring down these waiting lists and help the thousands of people who are in limbo as they await a diagnosis. We need to make sure that the diagnostic machines are staffed for longer so that they can be used to their capacity.

This will need extra funding, but failure to do so would be condemning patients to wait even longer for basic tests.

Plaid Cymru has long advocated better planning within the NHS so we can plan ahead for the future workforce, keep waiting lists down and make the Welsh NHS the efficient service that it can be.

– Plaid Cymru health spokeswoman and Ceredigion Assembly Member Elin Jones

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Wales waiting time statistics 'most disturbing in years'

NHS statistics which show that Wales has the worst waiting times for life-saving tests in the UK are "the most disturbing" health figures seen "in many years", a doctor said.

Carmarthen-based doctor Dewi Evans, who has been working in the health service since 1971, said early diagnostic tests were important because they could be a matter of life and death.

Read: Wales has worst waiting times for NHS tests in UK

The checks - such as MRI scans and cystoscopies - can be used by medics to check whether a person has cancer.

These investigations are the mainstay of early and accurate diagnoses of life-threatening conditions.

In terms of significance, these are the most disturbing NHS statistics I have seen in many years. Diagnostic tests are one of the most important parts of the health service.

– Dr Dewi Evans

Wales has worst waiting times for NHS tests in UK

Wales has the worst waiting times record for life-saving tests in the UK, according to new figures.

Wales has the worst waiting times record for life-saving tests. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Around 42% of people in Wales waiting for diagnostic tests had to wait more than six weeks before they were finally seen, according to government statistics.

This compares with 1.8% in England and 3.8% in Scotland.

And the statistics also show 16.6% of patients on the Welsh diagnostic waiting list wait longer than 12 weeks.

In Northern Ireland, 15.5% on the list had to wait more than nine weeks.

First Minister of Wales: 'Welsh NHS is not perfect'

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has said that there are "challenges" both sides of the border regarding the NHS and that the Welsh health service is not perfect.

First Welsh Minister Carwyn Jones says issues need to be dealt with in the Welsh NHS. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive

Speaking to Sky News, Jones said that the problems in the NHS in Wales will need to be dealt with:

“I am not going to say the Welsh NHS is perfect. Of course there are problems that occur every now and again in the Welsh NHS, as there are in England.”

Read more: Welsh Government to read Assembly Committee report into finances of NHS Wales

Body of missing teen Nida Naseer found in Newport

Gwent Police have confirmed that the body discovered yesterday at the Newport Wetlands site is that of missing teenager Nida Naseer.

Read: Family of Nida Naseer told of body found in Newport

Nida Naseer went missing from her home on the evening of Saturday December 28 Credit: Family handout.

Nida went missing from her home on Saturday December 28th last year. The initial post mortem has yet to be concluded and police said he death remains unexplained. Superintendent Mark Warrender said:

"This is an extremely tragic case and our sincere condolences remain with the family. Since Nida went missing we have remained hopeful that she would be found safe and well and reunited with her family."

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Police believe body to be that of missing teen

Police say they believe a body discovered yesterday is that of the missing teenager. Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police say they believe a body discovered on Thursday morning near the sea wall at the Wetlands site at West Nash Road is that of missing Newport teenager Nida Naseer.

The death is still being treated as unexplained, pending the outcome of a post-mortem which is taking place today say the force and Nida’s family continue to be supported by specialist officers.

Welsh mine manager goes on trial over 2011 pit deaths

The trial has begun of a mine manager accused of causing the deaths of four miners in South Wales in 2011 when an explosion caused their pit to flood.

Malcolm Fyfield, who was in charge of the Gleision Colliery and who managed to crawl to safety after the accident, denies manslaughter.

ITV News Wales and West of England Correspondent Dan Rivers reports.

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Body found in search for missing teenager

Police searching for a missing teenager have found a body.

Nida Naseer, 19, disappeared nearly three months ago after going to put the bins out at her home near Newport in South Wales.

Nida Naseer went missing from her Newport home on the evening of Saturday 28th December.
Nida Naseer went missing from her Newport home on the evening of Saturday 28th December. Credit: Gwent Police

Read more: Growing concern for missing Nida

Gwent Police confirmed they were called to the Newport Wetlands site, in West Nash Road, today where a body was discovered.

Police are treating the death as unexplained.

The teenager was last seen at her home in Linton Street, Pill, Newport, at 8pm on 28th December last year.

Half of Brits 'cannot afford' to buy home in local area

Half of British adults (50%) say that they could not currently afford to buy a property in their local area according to a ComRes poll for ITV News.

When asked if they could not currently afford to buy a property in their local area, 36% did not agree and 14% did not know.

Half of Brits 'cannot afford' to buy home in local area.
Half of Brits 'cannot afford' to buy home in local area. Credit: Rebekah Downes/PA Wire

The poll showed those in Wales felt they were the least likely to be able to buy a local property with 60% of respondents agreeing they could not afford to buy, higher than 59% in London.

Some 2,039 people were surveyed by ComRes.

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