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Lifestyle choices putting pressure on NHS

Lifestyle choices can have an impact on our health and the NHS Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Most people in Wales now accept that poor lifestyle choices aren't just affecting their health, they're placing pressure on the NHS. That's according to findings from the Welsh NHS Confederation:

"A real realisation that our behaviours, whether we drink, smoke, eat unhealthly, don't get enough exercise... has an impact on how we use health services. And also a realisation that healthcare is a finite resource and that people have to use our health services better and more wisely."

– Helen Birtwhistle, Director, Welsh NHS Confederation


Backpacker 'hanged' himself in Thailand

A Welsh backpacker travelling in Thailand hanged himself from the air conditioning unit in his hotel room, an inquest heard. Jack Davies, 21, from Llanelli, West Wales, died suddenly while living in the Southeast Asian country.

Jack Davies, also known as Jay, was found dead while travelling in Thailand Credit: Wales News Service

Friends found his body in a guesthouse on the island of Ko Phi Phi off the coast of Phukhet. Police in Thailand said his death was "not suspicious" and sent a file to the UK for his inquest at Llanelli town hall.

Carmarthen coroner Mark Layton said he could not be satisfied that Jack intended to kill himself.

Jack suspended himself by a ligature from an air conditioning unit in a room in Thailand where he was residing. He was found by a friend who had been out drinking in town with him and came back to find Jack hanging there. The question of intent remains unclear

– Carmarthen coroner Mark Layton

His parents Christina and Jonathan Davies did not attend the inquest of Jack, a former pupil of Old Road Primary School, Bryngwyn Comprehensive and Coleg Sir Gar, In a statement last year they said: "Jay was a lovely boy and everybody loved him."

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Weather warnings in force

Credit: Ian Lang/ITV Cymru Wales

Yellow, be aware, warnings for ice and snow are in force for much of Wales along with one warning of strong winds for South and West Wales.

Snow has closed the The A542 Horseshoe Pass between Llangollen and Llandegla.

In Powys the B4355 is closed in both directions because of ice and snow between Dolfor and Felindre.

The Llangynidr Mountain Road is also closed because of snow between Llangynidr and Ebbw Vale.

The warnings are valid until 11.00am but there are more warnings of snow for Sunday and Monday.

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Parents and pupils celebrate St Davids school reprieve

Hundreds of parents and pupils turned out this morning to protest against controversial plans to close the only secondary school in the city of St Davids.

Ysgol Dewi Sant was under threat, as part of plans to reorganise education and improve performance in Pembrokeshire.

But, the council then offered the school a reprieve - in an unusually quick victory for people power.

Tom Sheldrick reports:

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