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FT: Cardiff City 3 - 1 Ipswich Town

Russell Slade's squad have gained three points from their Championship clash against Ipswich Town tonight.

The action-packed game saw four goals, three scored by the Bluebirds.

Peter Whittingham managed an impressive strike from 30 yards out in the first half to equalise with Ipswich.

City then took an early lead in the second half thanks to Kiko Macheda, followed by a goal from Adam Le Fondre in the 69th minute.

The crowd's reaction to Whittingham's goal in the first half was caught on camera.

HT: Cardiff City 1 - 1 Ipswich Town

Cardiff City have equalised against Ipswich Town at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Peter Whittingham scored a strike from thirty yards out after 37 minutes in response to a goal from Ipswich's Daryl Murphy.


Gareth Davies appointed as new WRU chairman

Gareth Davies and WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis Credit: Welsh Rugby Union

The Board of Directors of the WRU have voted Gareth Davies as the new Chairman of the governing body to replace David Pickering.

Gareth Davies will be terminating his contract as Chief Executive of the Newport Gwent Dragons after a suitable notice period and will take up the post with immediate effect.

The Board voted for the new chairman in a secret ballot after both Gareth Davies and current Board director Martin Davies were nominated as candidates for the position.

Davies takes over from Pickering, who has spent the last 11 years as chairman.

He said:

"It is a fantastic honour to be elected Chairman of the WRU and I will aim to live up to my old Gwendraeth School moto which is : "There is no honour without responsibility.”

"I want to thank the Board of Directors for their support and confidence in my ability to represent the WRU in this prodigious role. I have also been encouraged by the support I have already received from so many grassroots clubs.

"I also want to personally thank the departing Chairman, David Pickering, for the immense contribution he has made across the past eleven years he held this post."

The Group Chief Executive of the WRU, Roger Lewis, said:

"We all know how important the Chairman of the WRU is in Wales, not just for our sport, but for the position rugby holds within the cultural life of our nation.

"I look forward to working closely with Gareth as we seek to sustain and develop our role as the national sport of Wales and a key nation at the top level of the world game."

In a further vote by the Board Ken Hewitt was elected to continue as Deputy Chairman of the WRU.

Wales does lag behind on health says Plaid

Plaid Cymru's health spokesperson Elin Jones has responded to what she calls the "turf war" between the UK and Welsh Health ministers by claiming that Wales does consistently lag behind both England and Scotland on key health indicators.

We have a Welsh Government that consistently sets itself lower targets on waiting times, access to diagnostic tests, and the ambulance service. It then fails to achieve these lower targets. When comparisons can be made between the 3 countries, then in some areas the Welsh performance is shockingly poor. Take for example, access times for an MRI scan. Only 1% of patients wait more than 6 weeks for an MRI scan in England, only 2% in Scotland, whilst 40% of Welsh patients are waiting more than 6 weeks. Other Welsh diagnostic waiting times fare no better.

The Welsh Government’s answer to this is that demand for these tests has risen. It is true that demand has risen. But the rise has been even greater in the other countries. Over a three year period, the number waiting for an MRI scan in Wales rose by 33%, in England by 41% and in Scotland by 62%. This is therefore no excuse for Wales’ unacceptably long waiting times.

– Plaid Cymru Health Spokesperson Elin Jones AM

Elin Jones added that Plaid Cymru wants to train and recruit 1,000 extra doctors and also re-examine the entire NHS workforce to "fundamentally realign our health and social care sector to finally integrate services fully". She claimed that it would lead to a system that could cater effectively for the elderly and frail, while keeping the NHS a free and accessible public service.


"If Wales isn't worse, you've nothing to fear" - Hunt

UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has replied to the Welsh Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, who'd accused him of leaking correspondence and trying to politicise an independent survey of the NHS in all parts of the United Kingdom by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

I was disappointed to receive your letter of today's date.

There is no attempt whatsoever to subvert an independent OECD report - on the contrary we would like it to go ahead so that all parts of the UK NHS can learn from each other.

I believe transparency can be the biggest single driver of improvement in healthcare but the actions of the Welsh administration in blocking the visit by OECD analysts suggest you believe otherwise.

Earlier this year, the Welsh Government gave written agreement to participate in the four nations review in response to a letter from me. In that letter, I set out a detailed timetable for the review, which included the provision that the final report should be available to all four countries from mid-February of next year.

But on a matter as important as this I do not agree with you that their findings should be withheld from the public. This is a significant piece of research that will be of benefit to healthcare quality throughout the UK. The quality of the piece of work will suffer hugely without the ability to benchmark and contrast the performance of the four home nations and I believe we owe it to taxpayers who fund the NHS to show we are willing to learn from other parts of the UK as to where our performance can be improved. So I would urge you again in the strongest terms to allow the publication to go ahead.

You claim repeatedly that the NHS in Wales is not performing worse than the NHS in England -in which case you have nothing to fear from open and independent scrutiny of the NHS in the four home nations. But your actions suggest you really believe the opposite to be the case -otherwise why would the Welsh government cancel a pre-arranged OECD study visit at short notice? Independent scrutiny of healthcare quality for the benefit of patients should be above party politics. I urge you to think about patients in Wales before you take a decision with huge ramifications for the quality of the care they receive.

– Letter from Jeremy Hunt MP

Hunt's wrong about patients from Wales says Welsh Govt

The Welsh Government has flatly denied a claim made by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at Westminster. He told MPs that the Welsh NHS was refusing to pay for an increase in the number of Welsh patients seeking treatment in English hospitals.

For every one English patient admitted for treatment in a Welsh hospital, five Welsh patients are admitted for treatment in an English hospital, which creates huge pressure for them. I have written to the Welsh Health Minister to say that the NHS is happy to treat more Welsh patients, but the trouble is that NHS Wales is not prepared to pay for it. That is why Welsh patients get a second-class health service.

– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP

Local Health Boards have arrangements in place to pay for treatment in English hospitals, any suggestion that they aren't paid is nonsense

– Welsh Government Spoikesperson

The Welsh Government also disputes that there is any evidence of an increase in patients from Wales going to English hospitals, though they do outnumber patients travelling the other way. The Welsh NHS uses English hospitals for some specialist treatment, especially for patients from north Wales.

Welsh Government figures show that in 2010/11 there were 55,577 admissions of Welsh patients to English hospitals, in 2013/14 the figure was 53,457. In 2010/11 11.077 admissions to Welsh hospitals came form England, 10,940 in 2013/14.

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