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'Nobody has a veto' says Brexit Secretary

Brexit Secretary David Davis has held an initial meeting with First Minister Carwyn Jones ahead of the start of talks between the UK Government and the leaders of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Mr Davis told Political Editor Adrian Masters that he wants to ensure the interests of Wales are protected but insisted that none of the devolved nations can have a veto over the final deal.

Asked what would happen if they were unhappy with a Brexit deal, he said 'my job is to make them happy.'

Budget winners and losers revealed

In the main section of the budget, covering £13.5 billion of the £15 billion total, spending will change as follows next year:

  • Health £7.04 billion (+2.5%)
  • Local Government £4.32 billion (-1.5%)
  • Communities & Children £0.37 billion (+1.9%)
  • Economy & Infrastructure £0.78 billion (+8.6%)
  • Education £1.49 billion (+1.3%)
  • Environment & Rural Affairs £0.28 billion (+0.3%)
  • Central Services & Administration £0.28 billion (-9.7%)

Percentage cuts and increases have been adjusted for inflation. These figures do not include capital expenditure and over £1 billion of demand-led expenditure.


Report exposes gaps in diagnosis and treatment of chronic lung conditions

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A leading lung charity has called for services that relate to the diagnosis and treatment of a chronic lung conditions to be improved, following a new report by the Royal College of Physicians.

The British Lung Foundation Wales says that there are gaps in the diagnosis and care given to those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The progress made in improving the diagnosis of and treatment for those with COPD must be welcomed, but this report shows there is much to do to ensure everyone in Wales has access to good quality respiratory services.

What’s particularly concerning is that not only are many COPD patients not having their diagnosis confirmed with an x-ray, but too many then aren’t being referred to pulmonary rehabilitation to help them manage their condition and prevent it from getting worse. Making better use of high value treatments like pulmonary rehab will not only improve patients’ quality of life, but save our NHS money in the long run.

– Joseph Carter, Head of the British Lung Foundation Wales
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