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Sudden cardiac arrest kills one young person a fortnight in Wales

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A young person, under the age of 35, dies every fortnight in Wales from sudden cardiac death, often because of an undiagnosed or undetected inherited heart condition.

British Heart Foundation Cymru are investing £2.3 million in Swansea University research to help reduce the number of premature deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest.

The research is focused on better understanding the faulty genes that cause inherited heart conditions.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters in Wales, we are able to fund this vital research that looks to prevent the premature deaths of children and young people. We urgently need to fund more research to better understand these heart conditions, make more discoveries, develop new treatments and save more lives.

– Ruth Combs, Head of BHF Cymru

ABMU Health Board staff to strike over pay offer

Staff working in sterilisation and disinfection units will go on strike next week. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Staff working in sterilisation and disinfection units at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board hospitals are to strike over pay.

Union members will walk out for 48 hours next Wednesday and Thursday (February 22 and 23), in a dispute over the health board's pay offer, which they describe as 'unsatisfactory.' A strike at the beginning of this month was called off.

Staff are calling for equal pay with colleagues doing the same jobs in other hospitals across Wales.

We want to bring this dispute to a conclusion as swiftly as possible and have suggested a series of compromise proposals to the health board. Strike action planned for early February was suspended in good faith to consider the board’s offer. What the employer presented as a reasonable deal falls well short on making good the additional £1,900 a year people earn at a neighbouring health board doing the same job, with the same responsibilities.

By selling the deal as something it was not, sterilisation unit workers feel they have been duped by the board. Being treated in such an off-hand manner has made them even angrier and they have decided to escalate their strike action. These healthcare workers just want to be paid what they deserve.

– Mark Turner UNISON regional organiser

96% of participating staff in the hospital sterilisation and disinfection units at Morriston, Neath Port Talbot and Princess of Wales hospitals voted in favour of industrial action.


Salons in Wales are offering tooth whitening illegally

The desire for a whiter than white smile has become an industry worth 40 million pounds in the UK, but is there a price to pay for the perfect smile?

In a new series our Current Affairs programme, Y Byd ar Bedwar, investigates the salons offering tooth whitening illegally.

You can watch the full undercover investigation tonight at 9.30pm on S4C, the programme has English subtitles.

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