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Figures show patients waiting longer for ambulances

The Ambulance Service in Wales has seen its monthly performance for emergency response times fall for the first time this year.

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Tracy Myhill, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service, said the monthly response figures were "disappointing" but were an improvement. on the same month last year.

It is important to remember that August is traditionally one of our busiest periods across the health system, not just in terms of resourcing of ambulance, hospital and primary care staff during a period when staff are taking annual leave and the take up of additional shifts is reduced.

– Tracy Myhill, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service

From Thursday October 1st a new system for assessing 999 emergencies gets underway.

Calls will be graded as red, amber or green and patients will get the appropriate response depending on how much risk they are in.

Smoking in cars - what are the new rules in Wales?

A ban on smoking in cars carrying children under 18 will come into force in Wales on Thursday - but are you aware what the new laws mean for you?

Smoke while you drive? You could get a £50 fine. Credit: ITV Wales News

The news laws which come into effect from midnight mean:

  • It will be illegal to smoke in private vehicles when someone under the age of 18 is present

  • A private vehicle must be smoke-free if it is enclosed, there is more than one person present and one of them is under the age of 18

  • It will be an offence for a person of any age to smoke in a private vehicle when someone under the age of 18 is present and for a driver, including a provisional driver, not to stop someone smoking in these circumstances

  • The fixed penalty notice fine for both offences is £50. Somebody who commits both offences could get two fines

  • The rules do not apply to e-cigarettes

  • The law does not apply when someone under the age of 18 is smoking and is the only person in the vehicle

  • Police and local authorities will enforce the regulations


'Extra £1.1bn' invested in Welsh NHS

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The Welsh Government says more than £1.1bn in additional investment has been made in NHS Wales over the last two years.

It says the health budget has increased by more than 9% since 2013-14, which is equivalent to an extra £178 being spent on health for every person in Wales.It is now said to be the largest it has been and accounts for 46% of the Welsh Government’s total annual budget.

Over the course of the last 17 years, the Welsh NHS is seeing more people than ever before; it is referring more people to hospital-based services; it is providing faster access to diagnostic services and it is providing faster, more effective care, using the most advanced treatments available.

Performance in some areas is still not at the level we would like it to be in all areas but improvements have and continue to be made. I am determined to ensure performance continues to improve across the NHS.”

– Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Health Minister
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