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Welsh Royal British Legion club bans swearing

Maesteg's Royal British Legion Club has taken the step of banning swearing altogether within its walls.

The club has warned members they face ejection if they flout the ban.

Club secretary David Roberts defended the ban.

"It has to be taken into context" he says.

"What we're not accepting is for our members to go to other places, come here and swear out loud and offend everyone".

"People come here and they expect people to behave".

Health Minister's 'thankyou' to NHS staff

As well as writing a strongly-worded letter to the UK Government's Health Secretary, the Welsh Health Minister has also written to all staff members in the NHS in Wales.

Mark Drakeford said he wanted to thank NHS workers for their efforts in the face of increasing pressure and criticism particularly 'political and media attacks.'

The text of the minister's letter is below:

I want to put on record my thanks to everyone who works in the NHS in Wales. Austerity has had a deep and lasting impact on public services across the UK but particularly in Wales, where so many people are employed by our health service and so many more people rely on these essential services for care and support.

The last few years of austerity have been difficult ones for the NHS; they have been accompanied by the additional challenges of rising demand from patients and an increase in the number of older people presenting with complex conditions. However, in the face of this demand, you have all worked hard to continue providing first class services to patients across Wales, while at the same time making the changes we need to ensure we have a health service which can continue to respond to the needs of the Welsh population into the future.

You will be aware of the political and media attacks on the welsh NHS, especially those which come outside of Wales - these will intensify as we move closer to next year's General Election. It saddens me to see our NHS used in this way and I am well aware of the negative and potentially damaging impact this can have on morale, when the service is already under pressure.

I am very proud of the work every person working in and with the NHS and social care does to support our population and I would like to thank you all personally for your efforts.

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister


Welsh minister blasts UK Government's 'tissue of lies'

The Welsh Health Minister has written to Jeremy Hunt, the UK Government's Health Secretary, accusing him of 'being grossly discourteous and demeaning' of his office by allowing the leak of private correspondence between the two governments.

The accusations follow news coverage of a dispute over plans to allow scrutiny of health services in all four of the UK's nations by the international body, the OECD.

Reports, based on leaked documents, claimed that the Welsh Government was refusing to participate. The Welsh Government says it and the governments of Scotland and Northern Ireland were concerned that the exercise had been hijacked for political reasons.

Now Health Minister Mark Drakeford has written to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in very strong terms. The text of the letter is below:

I write in reply to your letter of yesterday's date. As a direct result of it, this is a final request for you to adhere to the normal conventions surrounding the publication of independent reports and end your attempts to subvert the process. If you do not, we will have to consider commissioning and publishing our own independent study by the OECD in a way which does not risk contamination by the overt politicisation of the process for which you are directly responsible.

The assertion in your letter that you feel you have a right to quote selectively from an unpublished report in the lead up to the General Election is truly shocking - it flies in the face of every principle of the proper conduct of public life. Your failure to clearly and openly set out such an intention at the time when the study was commissioned will appear to some to be deliberate and deceptive.

The NHS in Wales will not be the victim of any Conservative party ploy to drag its reputation through the mud for entirely partisan political purposes.

At a time when the four home nations of the UK need to be working closely together to address the threat of Ebola, your willingness to put the interests of your party above those of the public is especially reprehensible. By the time your letter, marked Official-Sensitive, arrived at my office, it had already been handed to one of your backbench MPs and to the London media. That was grossly discourteous and demeaning of the office you are privileged to hold. As it has already been used to augment the tissue of lies which are told on behalf of your party, you will not be surprised that I have decided that this letter too will be available for publication.

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister

Welsh Health Minister accuses Jeremy Hunt of being 'grossly discourteous' by leaking correspondence

Earlier today, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt told MPs there was "absolutely intolerable pressure" on hospitals on the England-Wales border.

His comments came as Conservative Stephen Mosley, MP for the City of Chester, raised concerns about the "strains" placed on healthcare in his constituency through patients from Wales.

Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid's Liverpool clash

Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Liverpool as the Wales international battles a muscle injury.

Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Bale was unlikely to feature at Anfield after Madrid announced on Monday that the forward was suffering from a gluteal injury, and on Tuesday the world's most expensive player was a confirmed absentee from Carlo Ancelotti's 20-man squad for the trip to Anfield.

The 25-year-old was an unused substitute in Saturday's Primera Division win over Levante on his return from international duty, having played the full 90 minutes in both of Wales' Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus.


70mph winds at Aberdaron are highest speed gales in UK today

The 70mph winds in Aberdaron at midday were the highest speeds recorded in the UK today.

Appeal for missing Cwmtillery woman Karla Price

Gwent Police are asking for information in the search for 26-year-old Karla Price, who has been missing from her Cwmtillery home since October 19.

Karla Price Credit: Gwent Police

She is described as 5’1” tall, with shoulder length dark hair.

She is believed to have connections to the Six Bells area as well as Cardiff and Swansea.

Gwent Police would like her or anyone with information with information on her whereabouts to contact the force on 101.

Lisa Moller death: Eight South Wales Police officers served with misconduct notices

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has served eight South Wales Police officers with misconduct notices as part of an investigation into the death of a woman in Barry.

Lisa Moller, 35, was found dead at a house on Cwrt Eirlys, in Barry on August 31.

Officers from the force were called out by a neighbour twice overnight to attend reported domestic incidents at the house.

They visited again at around 9.30am but could not make contact with Ms Moller on any of the occasions

The IPCC says six police constables are being investigated over their actions on the day of Ms Moller’s death, along with two sergeants regarding their supervision of the junior officers.

South Wales Police are continuing to investigate Ms Moller's death.

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