Neighbours pledge their support for Tonyrefail woman with terminal cancer.
A neonatal nurse gives evidence on day two of the inquest.
The concerns of the Medical Director of the NHS in England about the Welsh NHS have been released under the Freedom of Information Act.
The UK Health Secretary has claimed that 'failures in care in Wales are now having a direct impact on NHS services in England.'
During a debate on the Francis Review into failings at Mid Staffs NHS Trust, Jeremy Hunt urged Labour's front bench team to put pressure on colleagues in the Welsh Government to act.
A change in the way death rates in hospitals are published is needed, an expert group has recommended.
The report, commissioned by the Health Minister Mark Drakeford, calls for more clinical data to be made easily available to patients in Wales. The report found that the current data is technical and often difficult to access.
The expert group was led by deputy chief medical officer for Wales Dr Chris Jones. He said: "Mortality figures need to be monitored and published at a number of levels within a single health service.
"We therefore suggest that the Welsh Government works closely with health boards to implement a new system relating to Welsh hospitals only, to be implemented by this autumn."
An expert group has called for the Welsh Government to work closely with health boards to implement a new system for recording death rates in hospitals.
The Transparency Taskforce found that current methods cannot be used to compare the quality of care between different healthcare systems.
The taskforce report recognises that the NHS in Wales has already taken significant steps to become more transparent, such as the introduction of the My Local Health Service website, which offers clear and easy-to-understand data about the Welsh NHS.
However, it is clear that some of the information currently available is too technical, and too hard to find and use.
– Dr Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
To be useful in identifying what is really happening, mortality figures need to be monitored and published at a number of levels within a single health service. No one way of measuring mortality gives a clear picture of the overall position within a hospital or the whole system.
We therefore suggest that the Welsh Government works closely with health boards to implement a new system relating to Welsh hospitals only, to be implemented by this autumn.
A Health fair is being held later today to tackle issues that specifically affect ethnic minorities.
A host of organisations including Cardiff and Vale University Health Board worked together to arrange the event.
It's hoped it can encourage greater awareness of issues which disproportionately affect people from black and minority communities.
•Men from a South Asian background are 50% more likely to have a heart attack or angina.
• Men of Bangladeshi origin are almost four times more likely to develop diabetes.
• People of African heritage and other ethnic minority communities are at greater risk of sight loss conditions like glaucoma.
Today's event takes place at Cardiff City Hall.
A new 'Welsh approach' to the publication of death rates in hospitals is needed, an expert group has recommended.
The Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, asked a team of senior clinicians, information specialists and patient representatives to examine whether the continued use of current mortality indicators covering Wales and England was clinically meaningful.
The team, led by Dr Chris Jones, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, has concluded that risk adjusted hospital mortality rates (RAMI) cannot be used to compare the quality of care between different healthcare systems.
The Transparency Taskforce findings, published today, also call for more clinical data to be made easily available to patients in Wales at hospital and even specialty level.
The report recommends that mortality measures are treated with caution, and should always be published and considered alongside more direct measures of service quality, such as patient feedback and untoward incidents.
The Welsh Government has set out its plan to raise awareness of rare diseases. For those with less well-known conditions the wait for treatment can mean delayed diagnosis, periods of uncertainty and unecessary testing. James Crichton-Smith reports.
The Welsh Government are launching a plan to improve detection, diagnosis, and prevention of rare diseases which affect an estimated 150,000 people in Wales.
A rare disease is defined as a disease affecting fewer than 5 in 10,000 of the general population and in the UK approximately 1 in 17 people will be affected by a rare disease in the course of their lives.
Welsh Government Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, says, "by their very nature rare diseases offer specific challenges to the NHS. To achieve the best results we need to support the families concerned by engaging an co-ordinating the contribution of primary care and specialised services."
In the ten years between 2002 and 2012 - there were 2770 beds lost in the Welsh NHS - that's 19%.
While beds declined, occupancy rates increased from 82.5% to 86.3%.
The most recent figures for the year between 2011/12 and 12/13 saw a 3% cut in bed numbers.
The biggest changes were in hospitals run by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Cwm Taff University Health Board.
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust says it offers "**sincere condolences" to Rohan Rhodes’ family.
We hope that the inquest has helped to answer their questions about why Rohan died.
The Coroner's narrative conclusion reflects the sad situation that Rohan was an extremely premature baby and therefore at risk of developing the serious bowel condition from which he ultimately succumbed.
The trust says it has put in place 'clear requirements' for blood gas measurements in babies on respiratory support and has implemented a system of safety checking for medical and nursing staff looking after individual babies.
– Bryony Strachan, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
St Michael’s Hospital has an outstanding Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), offering the most advanced care and support to babies and families. However, the Coroner has identified that there were missed opportunities to perform a particular test during Rohan's admission, specifically three blood gas measurements.
The Coroner has confirmed that what those results would have been remains unknown, but we are very sorry that those three checks were missed, within continuous monitoring of Rohan's critical condition within NICU.