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Routine planned surgery suspended at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Glan Clwyd and Wrexham Maelor Hospitals

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says an increase in demand for emergency care in its hospitals across North Wales has led to "significant pressures".

Many of the patients we have been admitting to hospital have complex multiple health problems and have been elderly and frail. This means they are having to stay in hospital for longer periods. This has led to increased pressure on beds, and the risk of delays for other patients needing emergency care.

– Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Some surgery will now be suspended to relieve the strain on hospitals. The health board added that the situation is being reviewed "on a daily basis".

As part of our normal escalation procedures for dealing with such pressures, the Health Board has therefore decided to reduce routine planned surgery at the three hospitals for this week. Urgent operations, such as those for patients with cancer, will still go ahead as will eye surgery and orthopaedic surgery at Abergele Hospital and day case procedures.

– Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Shelved child abuse report made public 17 years on

A report written 17 years ago after claims of abuse at children's homes in North Wales during the 1970s and 1980s concluded that the abuse was "extensive" and took place over a "substantial number of years".

The Jillings Report, which focused on allegations of abuse within the North Wales council care system, was compiled in 1996 but was shelved by the former Clwyd County Council because insurers feared compensation claims.

A heavily edited version of the report has now been published online in the wake of fresh investigations into the abuse.

£250 million super-prison to be built in North Wales

A £250 million super-prison that could hold up to 2,000 inmates will be built in North Wales, Chris Grayling announced.

The Justice Secretary said the new jail is expected to bring around £23 million a year to the regional economy and create around 1,000 jobs.

A £250 million super-prison is set to be built in North Wales, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Mr Grayling first discussed plans for a super-prison in January as he announced a raft of prison closures covering some 2,600 inmate places.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander confirmed to the Commons that £100 million would be invested in the construction of the prison in 2015/2016 as part of a multi-billion investment programme.

The project will ultimately receive £250 million of investment from the Government.