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Labour must 'get a grip' on treatment waiting times

Labour ministers have been accused of complacency as new figures show waiting times for cancer treatment in Wales have again failed to meet the Welsh government's target.

Labour’s cancer waiting time target has been missed every single month for over 70 months and there seems to be little evidence that Labour Ministers are making the effort to reach it anytime soon.

The complacency shown by Ministers is an insult to cancer patients and their families who deserve better in their time of need.

Labour Ministers must get a grip on these waiting times, reverse their record-breaking cuts to NHS finances and establish a Welsh Cancer treatments fund to end the postcode lottery in access to modern cancer drugs as soon as possible.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health

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Welsh Government determined to improve over treatment waiting times

The Welsh Government has responded after the release of the latest cancer treatment waiting times for Wales.

These latest figures show an improved performance during July against the 62-day cancer targets.

Over the last 12 months (August 2013 to July 2014), there has been a 18.5% increase in the number of patients diagnosed with cancer via the urgent suspected pathway who started treatment within 62 days compared to the previous 12 months (August 2012 to July 2013).

The figures also show 97.2% of patients diagnosed through the non-urgent route started treatment within 31 days.

We are determined to ensure every patient in Wales gets the best quality care they need and we are continuing to work closely with health boards to build on this improvement.

– Welsh Government spokesman

Study highlights 'perception gap' says alcohol trust

The need for education on the reality of underage drinking is highlighted by a recent study says Helena Conibear, Director of the Alcohol Education Trust.

These findings reveal the perception gap between parents' views of children's drinking and the reality. This emphasises the importance of education initiatives in ensuring parents, as the key suppliers of alcohol to those under the age of 18, are aware that drinking, particularly under the age of 15 is not the norm.

– Helena Conibear, Director, Alcohol Education Trust

Profile: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's time at Cardiff

Cardiff City's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in London for crisis talks over his future at the club despite only being with the Bluebirds for just over eight months.

Here are some facts of his time at the club so far.

  • Took over from Malky Mackay on 2nd of January 2014
  • Bluebirds have lost 15 out of 25 league games under his management
  • Drawn 5 games, won 5 games
  • Club relegated in May after one season in the Premier league
  • Cardiff city's last win was against Port Vale on 23rd August

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BREAKING: Solskjaer on the brink of being sacked

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Credit: PA

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in London for talks over his future with the club, ITV Wales understands. He is speaking to the club's chairman. It comes after Tuesday's one nil defeat to Middlesbrough. Solskjaer has admitted the performance was not good enough.

We just did not get going. Our first attack looked promising and then we got countered and conceded.

We didn't need to do that in the first few minutes, we wanted to go and turn things around from losing to Norwich on Saturday and that knocked our confidence.

We want to prove we are better than we showed against Norwich and it never happened.

The first half was very poor, we got more second balls in the second half and we pushed them back, but we did not create any moments of quality to open them up which was very disappointing.

– Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Call to help parents talk about alcohol with children

The President AB InBev UK & Ireland says findings that show parents overestimating the number of underage drinkers highlight the need for them to have support in talking to their children about alcohol.

Today's poll highlights the gulf between parents' perceptions of young people and how they actually behave towards alcohol. That's why it's so important that parents are given all the help they need to talk to their children about responsible drinking.

– Inge Plochaet, President, AB InBev UK & Ireland

'Under pressure' services given funding boost

Services that offer free advice in Wales are to get £2m worth of funding to help with the growing demand of people struggling to cope with the economic climate.

The Welsh Government announced the funding will be made available to organisations that give advice on welfare benefits, debt and housing and discrimination across Wales.

Citizens Advice Cymru will get a share of £390,000 for specialist discrimination advice Credit: PA

The main organisations to receive the funding are:

  • Citizens Advice Cymru
  • Shelter Cymru
  • Tenovus
  • Snap Cymru
  • Age Cymru

Free advice services provide a vital community lifeline to people facing the reality of harsh economic times. Additionally, our support is a key part of our commitment to tackle poverty.

It is vital help is available for people who need assistance with their benefit entitlements, with managing and repaying their debt, in situations where they may be at risk of losing their home or where they feel they are being treated unfairly at work or elsewhere.

– Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty
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