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Police and NHS non-emergency numbers out of action

Police forces and the Welsh ambulance service have tweeted that some numbers are not working Credit: PA

The non-emergency phone numbers for police forces in Wales and NHS Direct Wales are currently out of service.

South Wales police are advising people to use 01656 655 555 until further notice.

North Wales police say 0300 3300101 is the non-emergency number to use while 101 is out of service.

Dyfed Powys Police have asked that people call 0845 3302000 and Gwent Police are using 01633 83811.

NHS Wales Employers 'pleased' with pay settlement

The organisations which make up the NHS in Wales say they are "pleased" that the uncertainty surrounding a pay dispute between workers and the Welsh Government has been "removed", and strike action has been avoided.

We welcome the decision by our TU partners to accept this pay deal. We are pleased that the uncertainty surrounding this issue has now been removed and further strike action, which would have caused considerable disruption to services, will now be avoided.

Throughout this whole process discussions have been positive and constructive on both sides. We now look forward to working with our trade union colleagues and staff to address the considerable challenge of providing the best quality services to patients and their families against a backdrop of increasingly constrained finances.

– Allison Williams, on behalf of NHS Wales Employers


NHS workers' unions welcome pay settlement

Unions representing NHS workers in Wales have welcomed the end of a pay dispute with the Welsh Government over pay, and the agreement to a new Wales-only deal.

The Royal College of Midwives described it "a fair pay offer", while UNISON said: "this agreement does not make up for the real term loss that NHS workers have suffered in recent years, but we hope we can build on this settlement in the future."

It has taken time to get to this point and the Welsh Government has taken a sensible and practical decision to end this pay dispute.

This is a good example of how unions and the Government through meaningful negotiation can produce the right result for the staff and, the right result for the people they care for.

We have fought for and delivered a fair pay offer for our members in Wales. We can now move forward and put our energy into working together to improve maternity services in Wales.

– Helen Rogers, Director for Wales at the Royal College of Midwives

Taking strike action is always a last resort for our members. The settlement is an improvement on the previous offer and we welcome achieving the Living Wage for our lowest paid members.

This has been a difficult process for all involved, particularly given the challenging financial climate that we are in as a result of the UK Government's continued austerity programme.

Clearly this agreement does not make up for the real term loss that NHS workers have suffered in recent years, but we hope we can build on this settlement in the future.

– Dawn Bowden, UNISON Wales head of health

Welsh Health Minister hails 'made-in-Wales' settlement

Wales' Health Minister has hailed the "made-in-Wales pay deal" over NHS workers' pay, which has meant strike action was avoided.

Some NHS staff in England and Northern Ireland will stage a second set of four-hour walkouts this coming Monday.

This two-year, made-in-Wales pay deal demonstrates our ongoing commitment to staff working in the NHS in these challenging financial times.

Our overriding priority has been – and continues to be – to maintain jobs at the frontline of NHS Wales against a backdrop of severe cuts to our budget.

This is an excellent example of working collaboratively and co-production and I am pleased that in Wales we have been able to avoid significant strike action by agreeing a mutual position – this is a credit to all parties.

– Mark Drakeford, Welsh Government Health Minister

NHS workers agree first Wales-only pay deal

Union leaders representing NHS workers in Wales have settled their pay dispute with the Welsh Government, by accepting a new two-year deal.

It is the first Wales-only pay deal for NHS staff, on negotiations that have been traditionally UK-wide, but some have questioned whether this will open the floodgates to other regional pay settlements.

Pay deals for NHS workers have previously been set at a UK level. Credit: PA

Included in the deal is a 1 per cent pay rise from next April, a cash payment of £187, and the living wage implemented for all directly-employed staff from 1 January 2015.

The pay settlement does not include doctors and dentists.

Members of the Unison union called off a planned strike earlier this month, after the Welsh Government improved its offer.

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