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Health minister: 'Indisputable evidence price of alcohol matters'

The health minister Mark Drakeford says today's report supports the view that a minimum unit pricing of alcohol will help prevent alcohol misuse in Wales.

The Welsh Government first introduced the proposals in a public health White Paper in April which also included a ban on e-cigarettes in public places.

"There is indisputable evidence that the price of alcohol matters. It is no coincidence that as the affordability of alcohol has improved substantially so has alcohol-related death and disease.

“A minimum unit price will make a strong contribution to preventing alcohol overuse and misuse and reducing alcohol-associated illnesses. The panel’s report supports this view. “We will now develop our proposals further with a view to introducing the Public Health Bill in early 2015.”

– Professor Mark Drakeford

Tackling health issues affecting ethnic minorities

The event hopes to raise more awareness of the issues that specifically affect people from ethnic minorities Credit: PA

A Health fair is being held later today to tackle issues that specifically affect ethnic minorities.

A host of organisations including Cardiff and Vale University Health Board worked together to arrange the event.

It's hoped it can encourage greater awareness of issues which disproportionately affect people from black and minority communities.

For example:

•Men from a South Asian background are 50% more likely to have a heart attack or angina.

• Men of Bangladeshi origin are almost four times more likely to develop diabetes.

• People of African heritage and other ethnic minority communities are at greater risk of sight loss conditions like glaucoma.

Today's event takes place at Cardiff City Hall.

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Reports of queuing ambulances waiting to transfer patients

Reports say ambulances are currently waiting to transfer patients

Concerns have been raised this evening after reports that queues of ambulances have been forming outside the Heath Hospital in Cardiff, waiting to transfer patients.

ITV Wales News has been told there are patients on the back of each one, with some reportedly having been there for several hours.

The Ambulance Service has yet to comment.

Minister orders inquiry into ABMU Health Board

Health Minister Mark Drakeford has ordered an independent inquiry into one of the biggest health boards in Wales.

The Minister has acted after the death of grandmother Lilian Williams.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg had apologised for what her family say was appalling care and the fact that the promise of a high level investigation into it in 2010 never happened.

Tonight ITV News can reveal new information which her family says goes to the top of the Welsh NHS.

Our Health Reporter Rob Osborne reports.

ABMU Health Board responds to neglect investigation

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board says it welcomes the Welsh Government's review, and says another external review is already scheduled to begin next week.

ABM University Health Board already has a number of robust and pro-active measures underway to maximise the delivery of safe and high quality care for patients at the Princess of Wales Hospital; and already these actions are producing positive results.

Up to date mortality rate figures indicate that the hospital is now in line with other hospitals in Wales. In addition, mortality rates for patients with fractured hips - which were higher than expected - now compare with the best in the UK.

We have also had some very positive feedback from patients and relatives.

A spokesperson says a 'Quality and Safety Programme' has been set up at the Princess of Wales Hospital, adding that a nursing team from the hospital have recently won a UK-wide award.

The external review being arranged by Welsh Government also involves Neath Port Talbot Hospital.

We accept that there were issues around the care of an individual patient while she was an inpatient at Neath Port Talbot Hospital for a brief time and these clearly must be addressed.

However there are not high numbers of complaints about Neath Port Hospital generally, and the main category involves access/appointment issues rather than poor care.

– ABM University Health Board spokesperson

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Welsh Conservatives: patient neglect review 'falls short'

While an investigation into standards of care in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board is welcome following the appalling neglect of an elderly and vulnerable patient, this falls far short of the full Keogh-style inquiry the Welsh NHS needs.

We urgently need a robust Wales-wide inquiry into standards of patient care and high death rates in our hospitals to identify failings and put them right to prevent another Mid Staffs scandal.

Carwyn Jones’ Labour Government must listen to calls for a Keogh-style inquiry from frontline NHS staff, respected health campaigners like Ann Clwyd and Welsh patients to prevent any more vulnerable people from suffering horrific neglect and mistreatment.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health

'Significant' minority want education and health handed back to London

Most people backed the Assembly retaining the powers it has in six key areas: tourism, agriculture, housing, roads, education and health. But a significant minority want to see responsibility for health and education returned to London.

20% said education should be the responsibility of the UK Parliament and Government and 27% said the NHS should be administered from London. The survey points out that these are two areas which received most media coverage.

Health board 'accepts unequivocally' critical report

Members of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board have "fully and unequivocally" accepted the findings of a highly critical report on the Health Board’s management and governance arrangements.

At a public meeting today the board apologised for the failings that had been identified in an auditor's report and vowed to move ahead quickly to address the recommendations made.

We know the Report has left staff with many questions and has damaged public confidence in the way the Health Board has been operating. However I have been encouraged to see that the Betsi Cadwaladr Board are not shying away from these difficult issues, and I have found a real determination to make sure that this marks a turning point

– Paul Roberts, Chief Executive, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

We now have a clear plan and structure to drive forward the improvements that are needed, and I am pleased that these are in place. As we move forward we must make sure that we talk and listen to staff in the Health Board, as well as colleagues in partner organisations, to understand their concerns and reflect their views in our work

– Geoff Lang, the Acting Chief Executive, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Hepatitis C roadshow comes to Cardiff

The Hepatitis roadshow in Cardiff City Centre Credit: Richard Morgan

People in Cardiff have been offered free screening and tests for Hepatitis C, thanks to a roadshow in the city.

Between 12,000 and 14,000 people in Wales are believed to suffer from the condition, but less than half of those have been diagnosed. The illness can cause liver cancer if untreated.

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