A group of doctors have written to the new Health Minister warning that emergency units in Wales are 'at the point of meltdown'
The Chief Executive of the NHS in Wales has admitted that the service faces a £70m overspend but insists it will break even.
The Wales Audit Office warns that a prediction from NHS bodies of an end-of-year deficit of around £70m could be even higher.
Welsh Conservatives have called for a clampdown on spending on temporary workers in the NHS. The party's obtained figures under the Freedom of Information Act which show that health boards have spent more than £150m on locum and agency staff over the last three years.
Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies says it's a result of the repeated failure by the Welsh Government to recruit permanent staff.
– Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Opposition
While temporary staff may be a fact of life for most health boards - many of these figures will be rightly questioned by taxpayers.
It is more than clear that Carwyn Jones is failing to see through his promise to attract more permanent staff to Wales - and health boards and patients are suffering as a result.
The figures show wide variations in the amount spent on locum and agency staff from board to board with Betsi Cadwaladr the highest-spender and Powys the lowest. The totals from the last financial year (2012/13) are listed below:
- Abertawe Bro Morgannwg - £9.858m
- Aneurin Bevan - £4.058m
- Betsi Cadwaladr - £14.766m
- Cardiff & Vale - £8.274m (2013)
- Cwm Taf - £7.045m
- Hywel Dda - £5.872m
- Powys - £100,016
Today's report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies was funded by Welsh local government and the Welsh NHS Confederation, which represents the seven Health Boards and three NHS Trusts in Wales.
This useful piece of research firmly underlines the stark financial reality facing all public services in Wales, including the NHS. The seven Local Health Boards and three NHS Trusts in Wales are under no illusion that difficult choices have to be made to ensure that healthcare services are fit for purpose. Major change is needed and the people of Wales, NHS staff, partners and politicians must be prepared to accept new and different ways of delivering services, whilst taking more responsibility for how they use those services.
– Helen Birtwhistle, Director Welsh NHS Confederation
In addition, alongside other services, priorities for healthcare need to be reassessed so that Wales can create a responsive, joined-up approach which is citizen-centred. Only through this type of approach will public services be able to address the major challenges we all face, such as improving health outcomes, reducing health inequalities, giving children the best start in life and healthy ageing. Redesigning public services in a time of austerity requires boldness and ambition.
There is growing pressure tonight for a major inquiry into the care being offered at Welsh hospitals as yet more stories emerge of complaints from patients and their relatives.
In the latest incident, a Swansea man has called for investigations into the care offered for older people in Welsh hospitals, saying he's far from happy with the way his 87-year-old mother was treated.
The Welsh Government says there is 'a clear process for raising concerns in the health service without resorting to lengthy and expensive public inquiries at every opportunity.'
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has written to First Minister Carwyn Jones citing 'concerns' over standards of NHS care in Wales.
Her letter comes amidst growing calls for a major inquiry into the state of the Welsh NHS, similar to the high-profile Keogh inquiry carried out in England - the results of which were published earlier this month.
The Welsh Government said: 'We confirm a letter has been received. We will respond to it via the usual process in due course.'
Adam Cairns, the Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board - which runs the University Hospital of Wales - spoke to ITV News this evening.
He told Jonathan Hill that the findings of the report by the Royal College of Surgeons are "troubling, worrying and unacceptable".
He said the primary problem - of getting patients into the hospital - caused cancellations of planned procedures, and needs to be tackled with a "much more resilient plan" in future.
The man in charge of Wales' biggest hospital has revealed that 12 people have died over the last 15 months while waiting for cardiac surgery. The Royal College of Surgeons says that South Wales is the only part of the UK where patients are dying in such circumstances.
That's just one issue in a devastating review by the College at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
Tonight the minister in charge of the Welsh health service said he was "very concerned" at the findings, and one Welsh Labour MP - whose own husband died at the hospital - is demanding an inquiry and the resignation of the people who run it.
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Stephen Allen, from Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Community Health Council says the situation at the University Hospital of Wales is not the same as the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital, where hundreds of patients may have died unnecessarily between 2005 and 2008.
Despite the report from the Royal College of Surgeons saying the hospital is "dangerous", he told our reporter Sarah Hibbard that it is important to assure patients "it is safe to go there and receive your treatment."
The independent watchdog Healthcare Inspectorate Wales says it is "aware of the report" from the Royal College of Surgeons, and has "been in discussion with both Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the Welsh Government, regarding the concerns raised."
It says it has been provided with a copy of the action plan for improving care, and "will be holding further discussions with the health board to assess progress."
Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd has called for an inquiry into the levels of care at the University Hospital of Wales - and for Cardiff and Vale University Health Health Board's chair, chief executive and board members to resign.
She complained about the poor treatment her husband received at the hospital, before he died in October 2012.
She is conducting a review into complaints by hospital patients in England, and told our reporter Sarah Hibbard that the situation at the University Hospital of Wales could be compared to Stafford Hospital, where it is thought hundreds may have died due to poor care between 2005 and 2008.
Adam Cairns, the Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, which runs the University Hospital of Wales, has told BBC Radio 4's World at One programme that 12 patients have died on the cardiac surgery waiting list over the last 15 months.