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Welsh babies to be vaccinated against Meningitis strain

Babies in Wales are to be vaccinated against a strain of Meningitis. Ministers in Wales confirmed the move, saying it would be introduced as soon as it's practical.

A Welsh Government spokesman said a price for the vaccine has now been negotiated. Credit: PA

Westminster Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Britain would become the first country in the world with a nationwide meningitis B vaccination programme after the Government reached a deal with drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.

The decision follows recent controversy over the Bexsero MenB vaccine after it emerged it was still not available to children despite being recommended by health advisers a year ago.

A Welsh Government spokesman said a price for the vaccine has now been negotiated.

"The Welsh Government has committed to being included in the UK-wide procurement for the vaccine, and to making the vaccination available in Wales as soon as practicable."

– Welsh Government spokesperson


Ambulance response times still below target

51% of all ambulances in Wales got to the most life threatening calls within 8 minutes last month - that's up on January but down on the same time last year.

Government targets on ambulance response times have largely been missed for years. Credit: ITV Wales News

Government targets are for 65% of all ambulances to reach the most life threatening calls within 8 minutes - a target that has been largely missed for years.

Wrexham was the only one of the 22 local authority areas in Wales that reached the target time.


North Wales maternity service changes postponed

Health bosses in North Wales have postponed the implementation date for maternity changes at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

It comes after alternative suggestions were made to the health board. They say they will now consider them.

A recent demonstration to keep the maternity services in the area. Credit: ITV Wales News

In a statement Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said it made the decision to postpone changes for "a short time" after it received an alternative solution for the interim changes to obstetric, gynaecology, neonatal and breast surgery services by consultant medical staff.

We will now give them proper consideration and postpone implementation of any temporary changes to services for up to two weeks until this work is complete. The work of the Implementation Group will continue to assess the safety of any temporary solution.

– Trevor Purt, Chief Executive

Air pollution 'moderate' for most of Wales

Large parts of England were hit by smog last year. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is forecasting air pollution for the whole of Wales.

High pressure and light winds are being blamed.

It says there will be 'moderate' levels of pollution for most of Wales with parts of the North East and Mid Wales affected by 'high' levels.

It's also issued health advice for adults and children with lung problems and adults with heart problems.

Air pollution levels are expected to fall tomorrow and clear by Saturday.

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