A nationwide campaign is being launched to help encourage earlier diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer in Wales.Read the full story ›
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.
According to figures, complaints made against Welsh NHS bodies have now increased by more than 50% over the last five years.Read the full story ›
Figures show one in three children in Wales are overweight or obese, and experts say banning junk food before 9pm could help.Read the full story ›
A terminally ill man from Llanelli is trying to raise enough money to take his family on a dream holiday in his final months.
Former soldier Bryn Archbold, aged 27, has a rare form of cancer known as Grey Zone Lymphoma. He has been told he has just six months to live. He says he wants to create happy memories for his two young children before he leaves them, by taking them on a dream holiday to Disney World, Florida.
A fundraising campaign has almost reached its target. Lorna Prichard reports.
The outcomes of mental health patients in Wales have not improved since "ground-breaking" legislation was brought in four years ago, a mental health charity has said.
The findings were published in a report by Welsh mental health charity Gofal, who initiated a survey asking for people's experiences of primary mental health services since the Mental Health Measure came into force in October 2012.
The legislation was described as ground-breaking and passed with cross-party support at the time. It targeted the improvement in the treatment of people with mental health problems across Wales. However, the survey found:
- No improvement in response to the question 'Did the service lead to improved mental health and wellbeing' since the first survey was conducted in 2012.
- No improvement to the question 'Did you manage to access the advice, treatment and/or support services you needed?' since the first survey was conducted in 2012.
- People tend to experience worse outcomes the longer they have to wait for treatment and support.
- Comments from survey respondents indicated that negative attitudes from primary care staff made them feel 'invalidated' and less likely to seek help in the future.
However, the results also indicate that counsellors, therapists and GPs demonstrate the highest levels of empathy and understanding to patients and that waiting times appear to have steadily improved over the past four years.
It is absolutely essential that health boards and the Welsh Government start to collect consistent and transparent patient outcome data across Wales in order to determine whether this legislation is having the desired impact on people's lives. We know that there are many people in health boards who are deeply committed to improving services, not least demonstrated by their funding of this latest survey. However, they need ongoing resources and support, as well as the tools to capture outcomes, act on the evidence and deliver improvements to services and outcomes.
New research shows that skin cancer in Wales has 'almost tripled' in people aged 55 and over in the last 20 years.Read the full story ›
Watch the report from Richard Morgan below:
A father from Cardiff who spent four years trying to get the truth about his seven-year-old son's death says he fears lessons haven't been learnt despite the publication of a report into failings at the Bristol Children's Hospital.
Luke Jenkins had been expected to make a full recovery from heart surgery but died of complications.
The report examined 11 deaths involving children at the hospital.
Carwyn Jones includes repealing the UK government's new restrictions on public sector strikes in his legislative programme.Read the full story ›