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NHS workers in Wales vote to take strike action

NHS workers in Wales have "voted overwhelmingly" to take strike action in protest over a pay offer by the Welsh Government.

Welsh NHS workers look set to take strike action later this year. Credit: PA

Unison says its members, which include nurses, occupational therapists, porters, paramedics, medical secretaries, cooks and healthcare assistants, voted 77% in favour of taking action.

The union says its members have been offered a one-off extra payment of £160 which would not count towards pension entitlements or shift pay and will not occur in future years. It says the Welsh Government has ignored NHS Pay Review recommendations for a 1% pay rise.

Our members working in the Welsh NHS have sent a clear message that they are worth more than a miserly £160. Health workers have seen their pay drop by as much as 10% since 2010, and yet these same workers subsidise the Government every week by working thousands of hours of unpaid overtime. NHS workers in Wales have spoken loud and clear and it is time for the Welsh Government to come to the table and negotiate a fair pay deal for our members.

– Margaret Thomas, Unison Wales

Unison says it will discuss what action it will take in Wales later this week. The vote follows industrial action taken in England by NHS workers on Monday 13th October.


Welsh NHS: Health Minister hits out at 'spurious accusations'

Health Minister Mark Drakeford AM has tweeted a strong defence of the Welsh NHS.

It follows allegations printed in the Mail on Sunday over poor care for dementia patients at a ward at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

On Sunday, the Welsh Government said it was aware of a review commissioned by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the police investigation.

The health board says it has apologised to patients and their families, adding that the ward has been closed since last December.

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Wales this Week, Test Tube Triumph

Aimie Dyer was one of the first test tube babies to be born in Wales Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

More than 17,000 people are born every year in the UK after successful IVF treatment. And thirty years ago, Wales this Week was there at the birth of one the very first test tube babies in Wales.

Three decades on, Wales this Week catches up with the Dyer family, and talks to the experts about how IVF treatment has advanced in the last thirty years.

Wales this Week, Test Tube Triumph is on tonight at 8 on ITV Cymru Wales


Radiographers walk out over ongoing pay freeze

A ballot showed 53.7% of members supported calls for strike action Credit: PA

People who work in x-ray departments and look after cancer patients are to go on strike today in a row over pay.

It's the first time members of the Society of Radiographers have walked out in over 30 years.

They're calling for a 1% pay rise for the current year.

The Radiographers across the UK are expected to walkout for four hours.

The society says emergency care will continue but appointments and procedures may be affected.

The cold weather causes more deaths than road accidents

More people die because of the cold weather than traffic accidents every year in Wales.

That's according to the organisation Care & Repair Cymru.

Older people are more at risk from the cold weather Credit: PA

It says the most vulnerable people are not getting access to schemes such as the winter fuel allowance.

The launch of the Fighting Fuel Poverty campaign aims to raise awareness about excess winter deaths and encourage people to use schemes available to them.

In 2012/13 there were almost 2,000 excess winter deaths in Wales. The majority occurred among those aged 75 and over. This simply isn’t good enough.

Many older people have difficult decisions to make about whether to heat their home or eat – the situation really is that bad for many older people across Wales.

– Chris Jones, CEO of Care & Repair Cymru
Care and Repair Cymru say some people have to chose between heating and eating Credit: PA

Care & Repair Cymru is also urging better off pensioners who don’t need their winter fuel allowance to donate it to those who are in real need.

The campaign runs from the 20th-27th of October.

Welsh Government 'aware of independent report'

The Welsh Government said it was aware of review commissioned by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the police investigation. A spokesperson added that it would be inappropriate to comment further while the police investigation was ongoing.

Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar described the allegations as "deeply shocking" and said ministers needed to clarify their knowledge of the allegations and what action was taken.

Former Welsh Secretary David Jones MP says allegations about the care on dementia ward at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd make 'shocking reading.'

It is clear that professional standards at Tawel Fan were disgracefully low. They impacted badly on highly vulnerable patients, whose families were entitled to look to the NHS for proper standards of care.

– David Jones MP, Conservative, West
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