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UK health minister's wrong -Welsh Lib Dem leader

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams, who's often one of the fiercest critics of Welsh Labour's running of the health service, has condemned the UK Health Secretary's claims about the NHS in Wales.

Jeremy Hunt claimed that Welsh patients seeking treatment in England are causing "huge pressure" on hospitals there. He also said that the Welsh NHS is not prepared to pay for their treatment, a claim described as "nonsense" by the Welsh Government.

Kirsty Williams is AM for Brecon and Radnor, where many people have hospital treatment across the border. She has now written to Jeremy Hunt, stating that he is wrong on three counts.

Firstly, a good number of my constituents receive excellent care at The County Hospital in Hereford, and have done for many years because The County is their nearest District General Hospital. Whilst I know that there are problems in the Health service in Wales, I am alarmed that the current rhetoric might give my constituents the incorrect impression that they are not welcome or able to access treatment in Hereford, thereby putting them at risk of harm. Secondly, in terms of payment, you will well be aware that all treatment received by Powys patients in Hereford is then paid for by Powys Teaching Local Health Board. There should be no inference whatsoever that any of my constituents are receiving or expecting to receive treatment that is not then paid for. Finally, I take issue with you claiming that my constituents being treated in Hereford causes ‘great pressure’ on the system in England. Actually, having Welsh patients treated at The County Hospital helps maintain the services there by contributing significantly to the critical mass of patients needed to sustain a hospital of The County’s size.

– Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams AM

Cardiff boss Slade "not surprised" by early success

New Cardiff boss Russell Slade says he's not surpassing any of his own expectations following his 100% start to life in the Welsh capital.

Slade remains unbeaten as Cardiff manager. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The Bluebirds made it two wins from two under the guidance of the former Leyton Orient manager last night - their 3-1 win coming on the back of victory over Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

And Slade says he's not been surprised by the ease with which he's adjusted to life in the Championship.

"I never expect to lose a game, but that's just my mentality. I never go out to try and nick a result. I am going out there to win. I am a football man, I've done 650 games or more as a manager and I know what it's all about. It is just two games but it gives us a bit of momentum and the belief in the players is growing."

– Russell Slade, Cardiff Manager

Following the win Cardiff moved up to 10th in the table and are within three points of the play-off places.

New e-safety resources launched for Welsh schools

The resources hope to improve the safety of students on the internet Credit: PA / Arne Dedert

Schools in Wales are to receive two new resources aimed at encouraging safe and responsible internet use for pupils.

The resources, which have been created based on others in use across the UK and globally, will be formally launched later by the Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis AM.

One is a self-assessment tool that allows schools to judge and improve their online safety, while the other is a resource pack for teachers, which aims to help them in teaching their pupils about the importance of responsible online use.

A screenshot of one of the resources - the 360 degree safe tool Credit: UK Safer Internet Centre

These two resources, uniquely produced for Wales, will be available to all schools across Wales to use and hope to help schools improve their e-safety, as well as developing digital literacy skills in their pupils.

There’s no doubt the internet and social technologies offer huge possibilities for learning and research, for communication and collaboration and for limitless creativity. That’s why we recently made a big investment in upgrading the broadband infrastructure for schools in every part of Wales.

Indeed, 86 per cent of schools are now receiving the desired connectivity at the agreed level or better.

However, we must also recognise that there are darker corners of the web which children and young people will encounter from time to time. _ _We’re committed to safeguarding all children and young people across Wales, and this is equally true in the online space.

– Huw Lewis AM, Education Minister

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Welsh Government: Vistor figures 'speak for themselves'

The Commons Welsh Affairs Committee has today called for more to be done to encourage international tourists to visit Wales.

In a report the committee claims Wales lacks a 'coherent brand' for the overseas market, and must be marketed more vigorously.

A spokesperson for the Welsh Government however said current strategies were delivering strong results for Wales.

Most recent international visitor and inward investment figures for Wales speak for themselves and demonstrate that our current strategies are delivering strong results for Wales.Figures released today reveal a very significant increase of 21% in the number of international visitors to Wales in the first six months of this year.

Our approach to marketing Wales overseas has been refocused and now concentrates on the three key markets identified as having the highest potential for growth - Germany, USA and Ireland.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Northern Irish leaders meet First Minister for talks

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness are both due to meet Carwyn Jones Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA

The First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland are due to hold talks with the Welsh First Minister later today. Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness will discuss co-operating with Carwyn Jones to seek more devolution following the promises that have been made to Scotland.

The Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, is not expected to be present as he is preparing to hand over to his successor, Nicola Sturgeon. Once Sturgeon is in post, Welsh and Northern Irish leaders will look to discuss devolutions matters with her.

Committee criticises Wales' tourism industry

The Committee claims Wales is not fulfilling its potential for increasing tourism Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The way Wales' multi-billion pounds tourist industry is organised is being criticised by a group of MPs.

The Commons Welsh Affairs Committee says Wales is being undersold, and is concerned that the country still has a low profile overseas compared to other parts of the UK.

According to a report published by the Committee today, Wales attracts the third smallest number of international visitors of any UK region.

The committee is calling on both VisitBritain and VisitWales to develop a new strategy by February next year.

Wales has some of the most spectacular landscape in Britain and Europe, a unique culture, language and history, dynamic cities, and offers a range of activities and a high quality of life.

The tourism bodies responsible for promoting Wales need to grasp this opportunity and maximise Wales' potential as a destination.

– David TC Davies MP, Chair of Committee
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