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Welsh NHS: Health Minister hits out at 'spurious accusations'

Health Minister Mark Drakeford AM has tweeted a strong defence of the Welsh NHS.

It follows allegations printed in the Mail on Sunday over poor care for dementia patients at a ward at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

On Sunday, the Welsh Government said it was aware of a review commissioned by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the police investigation.

The health board says it has apologised to patients and their families, adding that the ward has been closed since last December.


Severe weather warning for much of Wales

The warning's valid until 6pm tomorrow. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Archive/PA Images

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning of strong winds across most of Wales. It's in force from just after midnight tonight until tomorrow evening.

The areas affected are: Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Powys, Wrexham, Ceredigion, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Rhonnda Cynon Taff, Torfaen, Bridgend, Newport, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Swansea, Pembrokeshire

The Met Office says the winds come from the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo.

Radiographers walk out over ongoing pay freeze

A ballot showed 53.7% of members supported calls for strike action Credit: PA

People who work in x-ray departments and look after cancer patients are to go on strike today in a row over pay.

It's the first time members of the Society of Radiographers have walked out in over 30 years.

They're calling for a 1% pay rise for the current year.

The Radiographers across the UK are expected to walkout for four hours.

The society says emergency care will continue but appointments and procedures may be affected.

The cold weather causes more deaths than road accidents

More people die because of the cold weather than traffic accidents every year in Wales.

That's according to the organisation Care & Repair Cymru.

Older people are more at risk from the cold weather Credit: PA

It says the most vulnerable people are not getting access to schemes such as the winter fuel allowance.

The launch of the Fighting Fuel Poverty campaign aims to raise awareness about excess winter deaths and encourage people to use schemes available to them.

In 2012/13 there were almost 2,000 excess winter deaths in Wales. The majority occurred among those aged 75 and over. This simply isn’t good enough.

Many older people have difficult decisions to make about whether to heat their home or eat – the situation really is that bad for many older people across Wales.

– Chris Jones, CEO of Care & Repair Cymru
Care and Repair Cymru say some people have to chose between heating and eating Credit: PA

Care & Repair Cymru is also urging better off pensioners who don’t need their winter fuel allowance to donate it to those who are in real need.

The campaign runs from the 20th-27th of October.

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