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Temperatures in Wales set to soar to 30C

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Forecasters say a mini-heatwave will see the temperature rise in parts of Wales to 30C (86F) today.

Yesterday saw Cardiff reach 28.7C (84F) although Mid and West Wales are expected to see the highest temperatures today.

But the hot and humid air is expected to trigger thunderstorms across much of the UK from this evening until late on Wednesday, with a severe weather warning for rain and the possibility of flash-flooding.

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Sticker plan for community pharmacies

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A new Wales-wide sticker campaign to raise awareness of the NHS services available on the high street has been launched.

The new stickers will appear in the windows of optometrists, dentists and community pharmacists to improve public awareness of the role independent contractor’s play in providing NHS services.

Our pharmacies, optometry practices and dental practices provide convenient health services for people in their own communities. Along with GPs, they are a person’s first, and often their most frequent, point of contact with a healthcare professional.

They are increasingly taking on clinical roles that previously have been the domain of doctors, and sometimes hospitals, and are taking greater responsibility for providing advice and treatment for people with minor ailments.

– Vaughan Gething AM,Cabinet Secretary for Health

EU health and social care staff make huge contribution say Welsh health ministers

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EU health and social care staff make a huge contribution to the Welsh NHS say health ministers.

Vaughn Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health Wellbeing and Sport and Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health have emphasised the role they play following the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Around 6% of doctors in Wales are thought to have been trained in another EU country.

They make a huge contribution to our service and I understand that the referendum result may be causing some inevitable anxiety about what this means for them and their families. I want to reassure any member of staff who may have concerns – be they from the EU or anywhere else in the world – that they are extremely valued and that the NHS will collectively take a zero tolerance approach to any form of intolerance or discrimination that arises in any part of the organisation in the aftermath of this decision.

– Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport

EU staff are absolutely vital to the operation of our social care sector. They are some of the thousands of individuals who provide dedicated, dignified, person-centred care day-in-day-out. They are a key part of the world-class, integrated health and social care system we are developing.

The First Minister has written to the Home Secretary setting out the Welsh Government’s belief that EU citizens living in the UK should retain the right to do so after the UK withdraws from the EU. Now is the time for the Home Secretary to provide reassurance to those EU citizens who contribute so much to Welsh society, that they will not find their rights of residence removed.

– Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health

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'Overstretched' neonatal services in Wales are 'putting babies at risk'

Neonatal services in Wales are overstretched and putting the safety of the sickest babies at risk.

That's the warning from charity, Bliss which has revealed a severe shortage of neonatal nurses and doctors in Wales.

Here are some of the reports key findings:

  • Only two out of ten neonatal units had enough nurses to staff all of their cots in line with national safety and quality standards
  • Only two out of 11 neonatal units were funded to have enough nurses with a specialist qualification in neonatal care
  • Over half of units did not have enough medical staff to meet national standards

The charity is now calling for more funding and resource from the Welsh Government to ensure premature and sick babies get the best possible start in life.

Watch Alexandra Lodge's report:

There has been steady and continuing improvement since 2008 in every health board's achievement in meeting our national neonatal standards. The findings of the Bliss report will be used by the Neonatal Network to help all units reflect on, and plan, for any changes needed for the future.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson
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