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Ambulance death: Darren Millar calls for inquiry

Shadow Health Minister, Darren Millar, has called for a "Keogh-style" inquiry into the Welsh NHS.

It comes after a woman died in an ambulance whilst waiting in a queue outside Morriston hospital yesterday.

Darren Millar AM says 'all is not well in the Welsh health service' Credit: ITV News Wales

He said: "The evidence is stacking up, demonstrating that all is not well in the Welsh health service and an independent inquiry could help identify problems and put them right, before it's too late.

Experienced medical experts are saying that without an inquiry, some NHS services are facing imminent meltdown - a disturbing warning that Labour ministers must heed.

Do-gooders who defensively act as cheerleaders for their local health board and reject any sort of review are putting Welsh patients at risk.

We love the NHS and want to help staff deliver the best possible service for patients, but that is only possible if we have the courage to hold a thorough inquiry to identify any problems and put them right.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minsiter

Handy fitness tips for office workers

New research shows extended periods sitting behind a desk are linked to an increased risk of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Here are some handy tips to help get you moving while in the office:

  • Stand while talking on the telephone
  • Walk over to someone's desk at work rather than calling them on the phone
  • Go for a brisk walk during your lunch break. Use a pedometer and keep track of how many steps you take
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift, or get out of the lift a few floors early, then use the stairs
  • Exercise before or after work, or during your lunch break

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Spells sitting down 'linked to higher health risks'

Extended periods sitting behind a desk are linked to an increased risk of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The seminar in Cardiff will debate how best to tackle sedentary behaviour at work. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Even with factors such as age, smoking and amount of exercise taken out, higher health risks still exist for those who sit for long spells at work, according to research.

Around half of the UK working population have sedentary occupations - most notably office-based jobs, where more than 75% of the working day is spent sitting.

Today, health specialists from across Wales will gather in Cardiff on a seminar relating to the risks of sedentary behaviour at work and discuss ways in which to reduce it.

Sitting at work is the main source of sedentary behaviour for many working age adults...We'll also be encouraging delegates to take regular breaks in their sitting time throughout the seminar, in order to ensure we are all practising what we preach.

– Dr Jemma Hawkins, Specialist in public health research, Cardiff University

Woman dies in ambulance queue outside Swansea hospital

The patient was waiting in an ambulance outside the hospital Credit: PA

A woman has died in an ambulance whilst waiting in a queue outside Morriston hospital.

The patient, who hasn't been named, died this afternoon at approximately 3.40pm after being transferred from another hospital.

In a joint statement Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service said a review is being launched into what happened.

The Emergency Department at Morriston Hospital has been very busy with a high number of ambulances arriving in a short space of time. Escalation plans have been activated and staff across the hospital are working closely with colleagues from WAST to keep delays to a minimum.

At approximately 3.05pm this afternoon, Thursday 17 September, a patient arrived via ambulance at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital from another hospital.

The patient was assessed immediately upon arrival and remained in the care of a doctor and the ambulance crew whilst waiting to be admitted into hospital.

Sadly, at approximately 3.40pm the patient passed away. We wish to express our sincere condolences to the patient’s family.

We will be urgently reviewing the circumstances to ensure we have a proper and full understanding of what happened. It is too early at this stage to comment any further.?

– ABMU Healthboard & Welsh Ambulance Service
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