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Health board takes control of GP practice

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One of the biggest GP practices in North Wales is to hand over control to the health board.

Pendyffryn Medical Practice in Prestatyn looks after more than 18 thousand patients. Today they'll receive letters informing them that the surgery is to terminate its contract with Betsi Cadwaladr health board. It comes after the practice failed to recruit new doctors.

The healthboard said it will ensure people have continued access to GP and primary care services


Organ donor numbers rise in lead up to new law

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The number of organ donors is rising in the lead up to Wales' historic change in the law.

An official report also says the number of people in Wales who die waiting for a transplant is falling.

More than 100,000 people have signed up to the donation register. From December a system of 'presumed consent' will be in force.

WATCH: Parents of Britain's youngest organ donor raise awareness of new law


'Signs of progress' at struggling north Wales health board

The Welsh Government says there have been 'signs of progress' at a struggling north Wales health board.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board was placed in special measures in June following "long-standing concerns".

Betsi Cadwaladr health board has repeatedly hit the headlines in recent months. Credit: PA

The Welsh Government said "significant steps" have been taken in each of the five areas highlighted as part of the special measures – governance, leadership and oversight; mental health services; maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd; GP and primary care, including out of hour services and reconnecting with the public in North Wales.

It confirmed the health board will remain in special measures "for the foreseeable future".

But Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar said "little appears to have changed", adding: "“The people of north Wales are fed up with apologies and excuses for failure. Hard working staff, patients and their loved ones want to see progress and improvement."

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