Live updates


Building work starts on new hospital

Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

Building work starts today on a new hospital at Llanfrechfa, Cwmbran. The £350m facility will be known as ‘The Grange University Hospital’.

Welsh Government funding for the new 471-bed hospital was confirmed in October 2016 and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board expect its doors to open to patients in the Spring of 2021.

The new hospital will deal with all major emergencies, and will treat and care for those needing complex emergency or critical care. It will be home to more than 40 specialist services, and will have a helicopter pad for patients who need to arrive by air ambulance.

I’m really pleased to be here today to mark the construction process of what will become a state-of-the-art hospital in Gwent.I am pleased to announce that the hospital will be known as The Grange University Hospital, and it will bring together complex and more acute services onto one site. This will improve the quality of care for the very sickest patients.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary


Inquiry a 'quest for the truth' says contaminated blood group chair

Credit: PA

The inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal is 'a quest for the truth' says the leader of Wales' Cross-Party Group on Contaminated Blood.

Julie Morgan AM said many of those affected are still suffering from what happened.

70 Welsh people have died in what has been called the 'biggest national tragedy ever in the NHS'. 273 people were infected by contaminated blood in Wales, many of them are still suffering and the pain still continues for them and their families.

The reason the people affected by this scandal, led by Haemophilia Wales, feel they now need a public inquiry is simple: it is a quest for the truth.

They have been on a long journey, from individuals and their families first being told that they have been given contaminated blood and that they could develop HIV or liver disease, to dealing with increasingly poor health, to fighting for compensation payments.

This is a scandal that has I have been campaigning on, along with Haemophilia Wales and members of the Cross-Party Group on Contaminated Blood which I chair, since I was an MP in the late 1990s. The announcement of a public inquiry is fantastic news for the families affected. I hope this will finally help them get the answers they need.

– Julie Morgan, AM, Chair, Cross-Party Group on Contaminated Blood
Load more updates