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Smoking to be banned in hospital grounds and playgrounds after AMs pass Public Health Bill

AMs in the Senedd chamber on Tuesday afternoon Credit: Senedd TV

Welsh Assembly Members have voted to approve the latest Public Health Bill.

The bill includes new legislation to ban smoking on hospital grounds, school grounds and in public playgrounds.

It also prohibits tobacco and nicotine products from being handed over to under 18s by home delivery or collection services.

The bill also includes:

  • Creating a mandatory licensing scheme for 'special procedures'; including acupuncture, body piercing, tattooing, and prohibiting the intimate of piercing of anybody under the age of 18.
  • Placing a duty on local authorities to prepare and publish a local toilets strategy, including an assessment of the need for toilets for public use and details of how that need will be met.
  • Requiring public bodies in Wales to assess how their decisions will affect people's physical and mental health.
  • Making the planning of pharmacy services more responsive to the needs of their local community.
  • Placing a duty on the Welsh Government to produce a national strategy on preventing and reducing obesity.

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Cardiff University to perform stem cell transplant for Huntington’s Disease

Credit: Hendrik Schmidt/DPA/PA Images

Cardiff University says it is to use a stem cell transplant procedure that could benefit people affected by Huntington's Disease.

The condition is caused by a single faulty gene, which is currently incurable and affects everything from a person’s movement to their feelings and thought processes.

Whilst the measurability of the surgery’s success may not be clear-cut for more than a year post-transplantation, we are hopeful the procedure could significantly contribute to the long-term development of therapies for thousands of people living with Huntington’s disease.

– Professor William Gray, Cardiff University

Head of RCN in Wales says politicians "not listening"

Tina Donnelly, head of the RCN in Wales Credit: ITV News

The director of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Wales has told ITV News that nurses were not being listened to, and that the idea they would have to strike over pay was "absolutely appalling".

It comes after a voluntary poll shows overwhelming support from RCN members to back strike action if the UK Government does not consider dropping its 1% cap on pay.

52,000 members working in the NHS, including some in Wales, took part in a poll which measured the members' appetite for industrial action.

In the ballot, nine out of ten voiced support for action short of a strike, while almost four out of five backed strikes.

We've heard quite moving statements from nursing and healthcare support workers this morning whereby nurses are having to work or take on two or three extra jobs in order to live. Doctors and nurses having to go on strike in a national health service delivered system is absolutely appalling and if we actually get to that level then certainly we're in a pretty dire straight where politicians are not listening to people who are caring for their most vulnerable at their times of need.

– TINA DONELLY, DIRECTOR, RCN WALES

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