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Police appeal in sex assault of 36 year-old man

Police in Neath Port Talbot are appealing for witnesses after a man was sexually assaulted in the Afan Valley on Wednesday.

The sex assault took place on Wednesday on a 36 year-old man. Credit: Google Maps

The incident happened at around 9pm on a track between Croeserw and Blaengwynfi - known locally as 'the line' - when a 36-year-old man was assaulted a short time after he had walked past a group of men.

One of the group is described as being male, white, aged around 20, 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins in height, with dark hair shaven on the sides, wearing a light coloured vest top, dark bottoms and white, grey and black coloured New Balance trainers.

We also wish to trace a woman who was walking her golden Labrador dog and spoke to the victim a short time before the assault took place as she may have important information about the incident. This is an unusual incident in this part of Port Talbot and local residents will notice an increased police presence in the area while the investigation continues.

– Detective Sergeant Ricky Price

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"Profound regret" of former ABMU health board chief

The former Chief Executive of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has offered his "profound regret and sincere apologies" following this week's damning report into poor care at Neath Port Talbot and Princess of Wales hospitals.

I was saddened to read the ‘Trusted to Care’ report produced by Professor June Andrews and Mark Butler.

It highlights unacceptable standards of care provided, in particular, to elderly patients. Particularly distressing were the examples of care being given without sensitivity or compassion.

I must offer my own profound regret and sincere apologies. I am sure action will now be taken to ensure rapid, necessary improvement.

– David Sissling

Welsh Govt: spot checks will ensure hospital standards

The Welsh Government insists new hospital spot checks are a 'direct result' of a report into failings in care for elderly people at two hospitals. Plaid Cymru has called the scheme a 'rehash' of an inspection plan which was announced in 2011.

A Welsh Government spokesperson says:

The spot-checks announced by the Health Minister yesterday are a direct result of the Trusted to Care report about Princess of Wales and Neath Port Talbot hospitals. They will be unannounced, cover every district general hospital in Wales and be carried out by a ministerial team of experts set up for this purpose.

They will focus on four very specific areas of care for older patients highlighted by this report – the delivery of medication, hydration, night-time sedation and continence care – and will be overseen by senior experts in these fields who are independent of the Welsh NHS.

In the six months after these ministerial spot-checks, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales will carry out, and report rapidly, on a new a programme of its well-regarded unannounced dignity and essential care inspections.

These spot-checks and the enhanced follow-up inspection regime by HIW will ensure the standards we rightly expect and demand of our health service are being delivered.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Hospital spot checks 'rehash' earlier scheme says Plaid

Plaid Cymru has accused the Welsh Government of 'rehashing' a scheme from three years ago as part of its response to a critical report into care for elderly patients at two Welsh hospitals.

But Plaid's Health Spokesperson Elin Jones says the previous Health Minister had also announced a system of spot checks in response to a report by the Older Person's Commissioner. The checks began in 2011 but Plaid says petered out a year later.

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Prime Minister: 'the NHS in Wales is not in a good state'

David Cameron has said that the Andrews Report into care failings at two Welsh hospitals is concerning and needs to be studied. During his weekly question session in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister said 'the NHS in Wales is not in a good state.'

It's the latest in a series of regular attacks on Labour's running of the health service in Wales made by the Conservative leader. He told MPs that Labour should be 'getting a grip... and sorting out the NHS.'

Cameron: ABMU health board report is 'very concerning'

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron commented on yesterday's report into care at the Princess of Wales and Neath Port Talbot hospitals.

Health board chief exec: Further staff suspensions 'will not be ruled out'

The boss of an under fire health board says he cannot rule out further staff suspensions. It follows the publication of a damning report yesterday which said problems at two hospitals, in Neath Port Talbot Hospital and The Princess of Wales Hospital, needed to be addressed as a "matter of urgency."

Paul Roberts, the Chief Executive of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, says the report's recommendations will be implemented in full.

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