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Doctor: New GP contract 'a step in the right direction'

Our reporter Megan Boot has been speaking to one Swansea-based doctor about a new GP contract agreed for Wales.

Dr Charlotte Jones says the contract will "enable more individualised care for patients who need it".

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The idea is that GPs will have fewer forms to fill in, freeing up their time - meaning more time for patients.

Dr Jones added: "There is far more to be done, but this is a step in the right direction".


Hospital celebrates decade of children's care

The Noah's Ark Children's Hospital of Wales in Cardiff is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

It's treated nearly a million children in the past decade.

Part of the building is still being built, with more beds and more facilities to come.

Patient turned nurse, Cathryn Davies remembers her long stays in hospital as a child and how they inspired her to work as a nurse.

I started coming here as a child. I had a lot of surgery on my throat. I was in every week, sometimes every other week. But it's shaped who I am now, and it's made me into being a nurse, and hopefully the experiences that I've had as a child, helps me with how I look after these children now.

– Cathryn Davies, Nurse

Labour seize on RCN comments

Labour have called on Prime Minister David Cameron to apologise for his criticism of the Welsh NHS after the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing says the Conservative leader's comments on the service is "demoralising staff."

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the RCN's Chief Executive, Dr Peter Cater says: "...the NHS in Wales has been consistently cited as poorly performing in comparison to the NHS in England. This is of huge frustration and disappointment to nursing staff who are working tirelessly to care for patients in often difficult circumstances. The RCN is concerned that the effect of these remarks is causing further demoralisation of the workforce, at a time when nursing morale is already at an all time low. "

At last year's Welsh Conservatives' conference, David Cameron described Offa's Dyke as a "line between life and death. " This year the party's conference takes place this weekend in Cardiff where senior leaders will gather ahead of May's General Election.


Improvement in ambulance times - but target missed

Ambulance response times for January released this morning reveal a slight improvement - though the target has once again been missed.

The 65% target for ambulance response times has only been met once in the past two-and-a-half years. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Figures show 48.5% of emergency responses to immediately life-threatening calls arrived at the scene within eight minutes – up from 42.6% in December 2014 but down from 57.6% in January 2014 – and below the target of 65%.

That target has only been met once in the past two-and-a-half years.

The Welsh Government says it is working to transform the Ambulance Service.

Ambulance response times to be revealed for January

The Welsh Ambulance service will be under the spotlight again as response times for 999 calls are released.

65% of the most serious calls should be reached in eight minutes

It will show response times for January 2015, which followed a busy December for the service.

The results follow months of scrutiny after the service failed to meet the targets set by the Welsh Government for the 15th consecutive month.

In December just over four out of 10 ambulances got to the most life-threatening calls within the target time.

The target is for 65% of the most serious calls (Red 1 or Red 2) to be responded to within eight minutes.

Last month the Welsh Government announced an £11m cash injection into the service.

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