The chief executive of a beleaguered Welsh health trust has been suspended with immediate effect, following a number of serious concerns over the way it has been run.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford told the Welsh Assembly today that Prof Trevor Purt, who ran the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, had been suspended.
It comes after the board was placed in special measures yesterday, as the trust faced backlash from a report last month alleging "institutional abuse" had taken place at a now-closed mental health unit.
Mr Drakeford said he had demanded improvements from the trust in the areas of leadership, mental health services, maternity services, GP and primary care, as well as "reconnecting with the public".
The measures I have announced will provide immediate stability and ensure the board has clear and authoritative advice and guidance in discharging its responsibilities.
Special measures are only instituted in response to serious concerns - it is not a routine response; it reflects the seriousness of the situation.
NHS Wales chief Simon Dean has been asked to step in as an "accountable officer", he added.
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A Welsh health trust is being placed in special measures after concerns were raised over leadership, governance and progress, the country's Health Minister has announced.
The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board came under fire after a report found staff had treated mental health patients "like animals", leaving them in soiled beds and restrained with furniture.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford made the announcement following a meeting between the Welsh Government, the Wales Audit Office and the Health Inspectorate Wales.
This significant decision is made in line with the escalation framework. It reflects serious and outstanding concerns about the leadership, governance and progress in the Health Board over some time.
A thorough and balanced assessment has taken place on areas of concern that will form the basis of actions to be taken as a result of special measures.
Day-to-day activities and services at the trust will continue as normal, he added.
Flowers have been left at the waterfall in Snowdonia where two men died after getting into difficulty.
The two men aged 33 and 21 were found after emergency services were called to the scene near the Snowdon Mountain Railway in north Wales, Police said.
ITV News correspondent Martha Fairlie reports from Snowdonia.
Another two men, aged 27 and 25, were rushed to hospital and received treatment before being released.
A second man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming near a waterfall in Llanberis area, North Wales Police said.
“Following a multi agency search of the area in Llanberis, I can confirm that a body has been recovered and that a second man, aged 21, has died as a result of the incident,” Superintendent Alex Goss.
One man has died and another is missing after "getting into difficulty" while swimming near a waterfall in the Llanberis area, North Wales Police has said.
“I can confirm that one man aged 33 has died as a result of the incident," Superintendent Alex Goss said.
“A second man aged 21 remains unaccounted for and a multi-agency search is currently taking place within the area."
“Two other men aged 27 and 25 have received treatment at hospital and have since been released."
Four men swimming near a waterfall in the Llanberis area "got into difficulty" earlier this morning, North Wales Police has confirmed.
Police were alerted to the incident at 8.30 this morning and a multi agency response was mobilised involving the police water rescue unit, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Welsh Ambulance Service and Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team.
Two casualties were transferred to hospital for treatment and have since been released.
Agencies remain at the scene conducting enquiries.
Superintendent Alex Goss would not confirm whether anyone had died in the incident.
An RAF search and rescue helicopter has arrived at the scene of an incident in Llanberis, Gwynedd.
Two men are reported to have died after an incident in Llanberis, Gwynedd.
North Wales Police confirmed they are involved, but have not given any further details.
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