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'Contingency plan' in Wales for junior doctors strike

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The Welsh Government says it's asked health boards and NHS trusts to implement contingency plans for any effects the junior doctors' strike in England has on Welsh patients.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford is seeking assurances from the Department of Health in England about the impact on Welsh patients who are cared for by English NHS organisations as it develops its contingency plans.

Wales has a strong tradition of working in partnership with our staff and their representatives.

Junior doctors from any part of the UK interested in working in Wales will find a very warm welcome here.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson

You can read more about the strike here.


'Scaremongering and panic' over drinking levels

Advice on safe drinking levels by Wales' chief medical officer has come under criticism for "scaremongering" and creating "moral panic".

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Today Dr Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer for Wales, advised that men and women should now only drink 14 units of alcohol a week - down from a previous guideline of 21 units.

But Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said Dr Hussey was ignoring evidence "that shows moderate drinking reduces heart disease risk".

Alcohol consumption has been falling for a decade. The change to the guidelines will turn hundreds of thousands of people into 'hazardous drinkers' overnight thereby reviving the moral panic about drinking in Britain and opening the door to yet more nanny state interventions.

People deserve to get honest and accurate health advice from the Chief Medical Officer, not scaremongering.

– Christopher Snowdon, Institute of Economic Affairs


Family of man who suffered heart attack criticise '1hr 45mins' ambulance wait

A family from Porthcawl says they're horrified after waiting an hour and 45 minutes for an ambulance to reach their stepfather who was suffering from chest pains.

Keith Williams underwent a quadruple bypass operation just a couple of years ago and has a known history of heart complaints.

His family also say when he arrived at hospital, he was forced to wait in an ambulance for another seven hours.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board says both Princess of Wales and Morriston Hospitals saw an increase in demand after "a very high level" of emergencies over the weekend.

The board also blamed "staffing difficulties" for the waits.

Plaid unveil new plan to improve cancer services

Plaid Cymru has unveiled a three point plan as part of their election campaign which aims to improve cancer services in Wales.

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The new 'cancer contract' promises to bring down waiting times, speed up diagnosis and ensure all patients have access to the drugs and treatments they need.

Cancer survival rates in Wales are currently amongst the lowest in Europe.

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