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Welsh health news - October 2002

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

Cancer road show, Violence Contracts, Couch potatoe culture, more story highlights...

NEWS REVIEW WALES -             OCTOBER 2002

Wednesday 02.10.02 DAILY POST

North Wales failures Health chiefs in North Wales are under attack for failing to improve facilities at two hospitals.

Thursday 03.10.02 SOUTH WALES ECHO

Car allowances to be stopped Nurses at Cardiff and the Vale NHS Trust have been told their car expenses to visit patients at home are to be stopped it has been claimed.  Trust management say they are undertaking a review of car users allowance.

Friday 04.10.02 WESTERN MAIL

6 months to improve Health Minister Jane Hutt AM has given Cardiff County Council just 6 months to make significant progress in protecting at-risk children following a damning report by the social services Inspectorate.

Angry staff threaten to quit Underpaid nurses in Powys NHS Trust are threatening to quit work after a seven year dispute with the Trust.  Angry staff, currently being paid up to £6,000 a year less than colleagues doing exactly the same job said they would strike if they were not given equal pay.

106 year old regains sight A 106 year old who was told he would have to wait for a cataract operation has finally had the chance to see again.

Saturday 05.10.02 SOUTH WALES ECHO

Sewage problems Outpatient clinics were cancelled at the Royal Gwent Hospital as they were flooded by sewage.  The infection control team and an environmental health team are in attendance.

Pay harmonisation in Powys Breakthrough in Powys as the NHS Trust has agreed to pay harmonisation.  UNISON officer Dave Galligan was pleased to see a settlement prior to the new Local Health Board employer taking over from Powys Trust.

Monday 07.10.02 DAILY POST

Outgoing health authority personnel jobs promise Staff working for North Wales Health Authority will be offered jobs in the Assembly's new NHS Wales department.  There will also be a 12 month extension of employment for any permanent member of health authority staff who has not secured a new permanent post at the time of the reorganisation.

WESTERN MAIL

Radical Tory plans Welsh Tories have unveiled radical plans to use the private sector to reduce hospital waiting lists in Wales.

Tuesday 08.10.02 WESTERN MAIL

Nurse vacancies still high The RCN report that there are still almost 1,000 nurse vacancies in Wales.  They say that nurse shortages are so bad that elderly patients may not get the care they need so vital to their recovery.

SOUTH WALES ECHO

Cancer road-show Cancer experts will be on hand to offer advice and information as part of a special road-show being arranged by Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Refugees training to join the workforce Sixteen refugees from troubled countries including Iraq are taking steps to becoming NHS doctors.  Already qualified to practice in their home countries, the group which includes two surgeons, two psychiatrists, a neurosurgeon and a cancer specialist, began a college course in English that should see them ready to start work next Autumn.

Wednesday 09.10.02 DAILY POST

Surgery is required night and day Surgeons must work all night to cut waiting times for operations say the Liberal Democrats.  Nurses leaders in Wales however, expressed doubts last night whether enough staff were in place to deliver round the clock surgery.

Budget - health the big winner Health was the biggest winner as Finance Minister Edwina Hart AM set out her spending plans for next year.  Under the draft budget for 2003-2004 health and social services will receive £4.16bn close to 40% of the Assembly's total spending.

Violence contracts Patients who abuse doctors and surgery staff could be asked to sign contracts promising to behave and violence response teams may also be set up in North Wales to mediate between GPs and abusive patients.

Thursday 10.10.02 WESTERN MAIL

Capacity problems Warning signs again over capacity in the NHS even before the winter piles on more pressure.  There are reportedly 1,000 beds blocked with patients awaiting placement in the community.

NHS spending is an election gimmick A massive spending spree for the Welsh NHS was branded by opposition parties as an election gimmick.  Plaid Cymru are unhappy that the Labour - Liberal Democrat coalition government are planning a larger raid on the Assembly's cash reserves from £300 - 600m to just £90m.

Friday 11.10.02 WESTERN MAIL

New charity launched A new charity that will boost Welsh hospitals has received the backing of Richard Burton's widow Sally, top designer David Emanuel and singer Bonnier Tyler.  The Chris Needs Hospital Appeal is due for launch soon.

Flu jabs with your shopping Shoppers are getting the chance to beat the winter flu by getting a flu jab whilst they are out shopping.  ASDA thinks it's a good idea and 14 of its Welsh shops will be offering flu jabs for just £11.97 - 60% cheaper than a private jab.

Saturday 12.10.02 SOUTH WALES ECHO

Still no tonsil ops Youngsters are still facing a ban on tonsil operations despite top level talks with health experts.  All tonsil surgery was cancelled following a health scare over the use of surgical instruments.

Monday 14.10.02 WESTERN MAIL

GP concerns GPs are warning that parts of the night-call service operated across many parts of Wales is fundamentally flawed.  Access to medical notes is the concern.

Heart breaking decision Parents of 18 month old Will Hurley, a 'full of fun' toddler have had to take the agonising decision to turn off the child's life support machine.  Will had been diagnosed with a brain virus.

CPS leaflet in spotlight Focus on the CSP leaflet for back pain week.  Page 2 leader article says 21st century children are growing up to be cripples.

NSPCC launches campaign A major campaign from the NSPCC backed by the Assembly and supported by the Western Mal aims to improve protection for children.  'Cruelty to children must stop - Full Stop'.

Tuesday 15.10.02 DAILY POST

Rhodri on waiting lists First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM faced the first of the services of televised media briefings and when asked about rising waiting lists he commented that they proved doctors are doing their jobs.

WESTERN MAIL

Decision postponed The controversial decision about the closure of the specialist paediatric neuro-surgery visit has been postponed until after the Assembly elections.

SOUTH WALES ECHO

Another decision postponed A decision about the future of the Cardiff Royal Infirmary building has been postponed after intervention from the Assembly.

Wednesday 16.10.02 DAILY POST

Wanless in Wales Assembly Finance Minister Edwina Hart has announced that Derek Wanless - author of Chancellor Gordon Brown's report on the future of the NHS - will carry out a review of the running of the NHS in Wales.  This review will aim to link extra  cash to reform.

Thursday 17.10.02 DAILY POST

New training school in the North A new clinical school is to be established in North Wales to help combat the region's shortage of doctors and nurses.

WESTERN MAIL

Minister under fire Health Minister Jane Hutt AM has outlined where the extra £325m will be spent.  Coming under fire for her record on spiraling waiting lists she said she was not the manager of the NHS and could only be held to account for providing it with sufficient money.

Wanless review available after election The man behind Chancellor Gordon Brown's report on the future of the NHS, Derek Wanless has agreed to review health and social care in Wales, but his report is unlikely to be available until after the elections in May 2003.

Where the money will go Minister Jane Hutt AM announced where the extra £322m for the NHS in Wales will be spent.

Friday 18.10.02 SOUTH WALES ECHO

CSP back pain leaflet 'Couch potato culture is a pain in the back'.  Coverage of back pain week centres on the new leaflet from the CSP!

WESTERN MAIL

Agencies bleeding trust dry Patients are set to face a winter of misery at the UHW as it announces plans to close wards and cancel operations to claw back almost £7m.  The Trust blames the cost of employment agency nursing staff.  Trust Chief Executive David Edwards said "Nursing agency costs are bleeding us dry".

Possible victory for campaigners Campaigners fighting to save the children's neuro surgery unit in Swansea claimed victory after Health Minister Jane Hutt AM stepped into the debate.  The Minister has called for experts to re-examine the original plans.

Saturday 19.10.02 SOUTH WALES ECHO

Car parking fiasco continues Car parking fiasco at UHW continues, this time hospital staff banned from bringing their cars to work have successfully managed to get managers to change their minds.

WESTERN MAIL

Virus hits Gwent Thousands of people are labouring under a virus that has wreaked havoc in hospitals across South East Wales.  The illness has hit hospitals in the Gwent the hardest.

Wales the leader Wales is leading the UK in developing telemedicine development.  Hospitals have been testing new systems for two years.  Massive investment by the Assembly will be needed.

Keep well this winter The Assembly has launched, once again, its' 'Keep Well this Winter' campaign encouraging people to get prepared for the coming months.

Virus from public not hospital A senior nurse in the Royal Gwent's A&E department stressed that the viral illness which ahs struck the Gwent hospitals originated from the public rather than being the result of dirty hospitals.

Tuesday 22.10.02 WESTERN MAIL

Looking to India for nurses Welsh hospitals are now looking to India to ease a chronic shortage of nurses and stem the rising costs of employing agency nurses.

Wednesday 23.10.02 WESTERN MAIL 

GP crisis warns BMA People in Wales have to wait a month to see their GP unless hundreds of new doctors are recruited in the next five years says the BMA in Wales.

Thursday 24.10.02 SOUTH WALES ECHO

New anti-smoking campaign A new campaign has been launched by the Minister Jane Hutt AM warning smokers of the health damage they are causing to their children.

WESTERN MAIL

Wales worse than England Patients are waiting different lengths of time for the same ear, nose or throat procedure in the same hospital it has been revealed.  The Audit Commission report also highlights that patients in Wales face longer waits than those in England.

Friday 25.10.02 WESTERN MAIL

Risks of structural change A leaked memo from civil servant Bryan Mitchell outlines seven major risks associated with the Assembly's structured change for the NHS.  There was no comment from the Minister.

Prescription fraud halved Prescription fraud by patients in Wales has almost halved in a year after tough new measures were introduced.  Jane Hutt AM announced it had fallen from £15m to £8m.

Worries of more zoonotic diseases Experts are waning that there could be more diseases which may cross the species barrier from animals to humans.  Professor Stephen Palmer of the University College of Medicine is warning of other 'zoonotic' diseases that will follow CJD.

Physio Dean Profiled Full page profile on Dean Conway, a private physiotherapy practitioner who is the current Glamorgan and England cricket team physiotherapist.  He reveals that although he is on the Ashes tour ? he will not be flying out until he has seen the Wales Rugby squad play the All Blacks in the Millennium Stadium.

SOUTH WALES ECHO

Focus on RSV Health focus looks at the deadly virus RSV - respiratory syncytial virus, a virus which is one of the most common, carried by a majority of the population by especially dangerous if passed to premature babies.

Thanks to the physios In the 'thanks for your help' letters section patient Diane Broad thanks all staff including physios Jessica, Sharon and Mary.

Saturday 26.10.02 WESTERN MAIL

Pressure on the Minister Further pressure is being heaped on Minister Jane Hutt AM following the leaked memo about risks in the new structures for NHS Wales.  Kirsty Williams AM, the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson and Chair of the Health Committee is supporting the Minister.

New drug for RA A new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is being hailed as a cure.  Trials show the drug, rituzimas breaking the cycle of inflammation.

DAILY POST

New COPD team in North Wales A special team of nurses and therapists has been recruited to help ease pressure on beds at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in North Wales.  The establishment of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) outreach team is one of several measures being taken by the Trust.

Sunday 27.10.02 WALES ON SUNDAY

Plaid calls to scrap re-structuring Plaid Cymru president Ieuan Wyn Jones is calling for the Government's controversial NHS shake-up plans to be scrapped.

New guidance on NHS property sales New guidance on the disposal of NHS buildings in Wales is to be issued following a hospital sale row exposed by WOS.

Monday 28.10.02 SOUTH WALES ECHO

Physios praised by BMA A shortage of beds is the biggest cause of the long waits in A&E reveals a survey by the BMA.  However, their report has also singled out the A&E at UHW for praise in its knee screening service which uses physiotherapist ESPs.

Nurses conference in Cardiff Nurses are set to voice their concerns on a wide range of theory issues at a special conference in Cardiff.

Tuesday 29.10.02 DAILY POST

Notes in English not Welsh Doctors in North Wales are to be ordered to write their patient case notes in English in future.  A leading barrister has advised North West Wales NHS Trust to this effect and the decision is supported by the BMA.

Plaid demand a halt Further coverage of Plaid Cymru's demand that the NHS structural reform should be halted following the leaked memo from Bryan Mitchell.

SOUTH WALES ECHO

Colds and flu hit 1 in 10 A dramatic increase in colds and flu-like illness is hitting South Wales with one in ten people being hit by the virus.

Calling in the commissioner Cardiff Council is calling for the Children's Commissioner Peter Clarke to be brought in to help turn around its social services department.

WESTERN MAIL

ESP physios Also carried a more detailed piece on the BMA survey and support for the only acute knee screening service, run by ESP physios, in the UK.

Wednesday 30.10.02 WESTERN MAIL

Fatal shortage of lung cancer experts Lung cancer patients are more likely to undergo potentially life-saving surgery in Holland or the UK than they are in Wales.  Experts say there is a fatal shortage of lung cancer experts in Wales.

Looking for graduates to come into physio The NHS is seeking to attract a variety of graduates.  The advertising piece mentions physiotherapy and occupational therapy courses at the UWCM and it highlights that students who enroll on these programmes will be funded by NHS bursaries.

Thursday 31.10.02 WESTERN MAIL

Stark figures published Hospitals in Wales are having to cancel 1,000 ops each month.  Three separate reports published recently showed.

-                     More than, 1,000 beds are blocked on any one day.

-                     400 people a week face waiting on a hospital trolley for more than 4 hours

-                     Despite committing itself to 400 new beds the Assembly has only delivered a quarter

-                     Inpatient and outpatient waiting lists have risen dramatically.

Questions over two jobs Questions have been raised after it was revealed that NHS Director Ann Lloyd has accepted a Board position on an English further education funding board.

Wales gets cancer bank Cancer research in Ales was given a major boost as plans were announced to set up the country's first cancer bank.  This bank will store samples from patients who have given permission for research on their cancer.

More beds please Editorial leads with 'Hospitals need more beds, Ms Hutt'.  The NHS is in crisis.  Paul Williams, the author of the capacity report, has taken the temperature of the NHS, and it is not well.

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