A consultation has been launched on the future of some major health services in south and south-east Wales.
Areas including A&E care, children's services, and maternity and neonatal care could be affected. A consultation has been launched.
Labour AM Jenny Rathbone explains her concerns on the promotion of caffeine loaded energy drinks to children and young people
– Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader
Labour has spectacularly failed our NHS over the past decade and this whole reorganisation process is down to their incompetence.
If the South Wales plans follow the same pattern as what we’ve seen in North and Mid Wales, I have real concerns that patients will not be able to be treated in the right place, at the right time, staffed with the appropriate levels of skills.
Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood's response to proposals for the future of hospital services in South Wales:
– Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader
Today’s news is an admission of the Welsh Government’s failure to deliver these services. Labour has been in charge of health in Wales for the last 14 years; ever since the advent of devolution.
**The Party of Wales has spent a decade warning about these service reductions and we have proposed numerous positive alternative solutions. We must make Wales an attractive place for doctors to live and work.
And commenting specifically on proposals affecting the Royal Glamorgan hospital in Llantrisant, she said:
– Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader
The people of Rhondda Cynon Taf will be very concerned to discover that critical services could be taken from the Royal Glamorgan hospital in Llantrisant, including from its A&E department, which is the preferred option of hospital chiefs.
RCT is an area where many of the residents have chronic health problems, the road network is poor and the local ambulance service has the worst performance in Wales for responding to life-threatening emergency calls.
In response to the proposals for hospitals in South Wales which have just been announced, Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar says:
Hacking back the range of emergency services provided at some Welsh hospitals is not going to solve the on-going crisis in demand. Instead, these plans will heap further pressure on our over-stretched and underperforming ambulance service, and force patients to travel further for live-saving care.
– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health MInister
It’s just weeks since the College of Emergency Medicine warned A and E departments are at the ‘point of meltdown’ and now is not the time to be slashing the life-saving services their hard-working staff provide.
While sensible service modernisation should be welcomed, any plans to downgrade emergency departments in south Wales should be abandoned.
The Health Minister will face an urgent question on changes to hospital services in South Wales which are expected to be announced later. Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has been allowed by the Presiding Officer to raise her concerns about the plans and call for a statement from the Minister.
The measles outbreak in the Swansea area is showing signs of slowing down - but health chiefs stress it would be 'dangerous' to become complacent.
Figures released yesterday revealed another increase in the number of measles cases, but at a less rapid rate.
But the area's Director of Public Health warned: "It would be dangerous to take our eye off the ball now".
– Dr Sara Hayes, Director of Public Health, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
Numbers of measles cases being reported are slowing and this is good news. However, measles is still circulating in our community so we need to remain vigilant and keep going with our MMR programme. The importance of everyone having two MMRs, especially school-age children, is still our priority.
A shake-up of hospital services is due to be announced today for South Wales and Powys.
It's expected several A&E departments will be affected as part of plans to modernise NHS services around Wales.
Hospital services for more than a million people across South and South-East Wales are facing a radical shakeup under plans that are due to be announced tomorrow
The region is the latest to face re-organisation, following controversial proposals in many other parts of the country.
Rob Osborne looks ahead to what we might expect.
The number of cases reported as part of the outbreak centred on the Swansea area has reached 1,125 - an increase of 20 over the last five days.
– Dr Marion Lyons, Director of Health Protection for Public Health Wales
This is the final week that children in schools across Wales will be offered the MMR vaccination, so parents whose children have not yet been fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR are reminded to complete the consent form to ensure the vaccine can be given.
The MMR is also available through GP surgeries, and more than 3,500 doses of MMR have been given in Welsh GP surgeries in the last seven days, which is a great sign that people are still coming forward for the vaccination.