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Health board reviewing ambulance death

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Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board says it is investigating an incident in which a woman died in an ambulance queueing outside Morriston hospital.

Sonia Powell died yesterday afternoon after being transferred from another hospital.

We are aware of the tragic day Mrs Powell’s family experienced yesterday and offer our sincere condolences.

The Health Board is reviewing all aspects of what happened and we are currently discussing these with the family.

Yesterday was a busy day for Emergency Departments and this was intensified at Morriston by 20 emergency ambulances arriving and departing within a short space of time. At its peak there were 12 operational ambulances outside the department but not all had patients on board.

Escalation plans were activated in the morning and the department was well staffed.

– ABMU Healthboard statement

Woman who died in ambulance named as Sonia Powell

Sonia Powell (L) and her sister Credit: Family photo

A woman who died in an ambulance whilst waiting in a queue outside Morriston hospital has been named by her family as Sonia Powell, who lived in the Neath Valley.

In a joint statement yesterday Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service said a review is being launched into what happened.


Ambulance death: Darren Millar calls for inquiry

Shadow Health Minister, Darren Millar, has called for a "Keogh-style" inquiry into the Welsh NHS.

It comes after a woman died in an ambulance whilst waiting in a queue outside Morriston hospital yesterday.

Darren Millar AM says 'all is not well in the Welsh health service' Credit: ITV News Wales

He said: "The evidence is stacking up, demonstrating that all is not well in the Welsh health service and an independent inquiry could help identify problems and put them right, before it's too late.

Experienced medical experts are saying that without an inquiry, some NHS services are facing imminent meltdown - a disturbing warning that Labour ministers must heed.

Do-gooders who defensively act as cheerleaders for their local health board and reject any sort of review are putting Welsh patients at risk.

We love the NHS and want to help staff deliver the best possible service for patients, but that is only possible if we have the courage to hold a thorough inquiry to identify any problems and put them right.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minsiter

Women convicted for running "pyramid scheme"

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A group of women have been convicted of running a "pyramid scheme" in south Wales and south-west England.

The group encouraged around 10,000 vulnerable women to invest £3,000 into the scheme between May 2008 and April 2009.

Victims were promised they would receive a £24,000 payout when they reached the top of their pyramid, with organisers promising they "could not lose".

The scheme, called Give and Take, operated in Bath, Bristol, Gloucester, Bridgwater, Cheltenham, Torquay, Weston-super-Mare and Wales.

Eleven women, aged between 34 and 69, became the first to be prosecuted for such a scheme, under new legislation in the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Act 2008.

Can you help trace the people who hurt this dog?

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was allegedly beaten by two men in Caerphilly.

A member of the public, who notified the RSPCA, said a woman riding a horse said she saw two men beating a dog and then ran off.

The dog is now with vets in Newport Credit: RSPCA

The male brindle lurcher was found collapsed on a small grass verge at the end of Rudry Road, Rudry, Caerphilly, on Tuesday.

The RSPCA urges anyone who has any information about this incident to get in touch.

The poor thing was found by a member of public in a collapsed state with an injured head. The dog was disorientated and lethargic.

A lady on a horse allegedly told the member of public that she saw two males in the area beat the dog. Unfortunately we have no details of the lady on the horse and no descriptions of the males.

– Holly Brown, RSPCA

The dog has now been taken to a vet in Newport, but is not recovering well.

Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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