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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.

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.

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