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An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's Madeleine Moon said current rules were too restrictive, arguing that allowing a clinical judgment to determine when…
A family court judge based in Wales has raised concern about a "chronic" shortage of specialist secure accommodation for teenagers. Judge Gareth Jones said he had recently analysed a case involving a 15-year-old girl at a family court hearing in Prestatyn. He said the girl had a "number of difficulties"…
A woman who left Wales and travelled to the Republic of Ireland when pregnant after her first son was taken into council care is facing fresh family court litigation in Britain. Social services staff in the Republic of Ireland say decisions about the future of the woman's second son, who…
NHS staff in Wales will be offered a pay rise as the health service marks seven decades since its creation, it has been announced. Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said the offer, which will provide a pay increase for staff across the NHS, has been negotiated with employers and unions.…
The founder of the NHS would be angry over the health inequalities that persist across the UK, the Welsh health secretary has said. But Vaughan Gething said that Welshman Aneurin Bevan, also known as the chief architect of the health service, would be "proud" of the values that underpin the…
Governments could relieve pressure on the NHS by investing in upgrades to social housing, according to a new study. The findings suggest that making home improvements could help to considerably reduce emergency hospital admissions. Cold houses are thought to cause 33% of respiratory and 40% of cardiovascular diseases and an…
A High Court judge has praised on a couple in Wales who have fostered an "enormous" number of children. Mr Justice Francis, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, says he cannot imagine how social workers would cope if it were not for people…
Almost three quarters of specialist breast cancer nurses in Wales are aged 50 or over so many could retire in the next decade, a charity has warned. Macmillan Cancer Support said its latest census shows 74% of breast cancer nurses where age was reported are at least 50, leading to…
Council bosses are to pay for a Polish boy living with foster carers in Wales to have Polish lessons, a family court judge has said. Mr Justice Francis said the boy was now aged around nine and had spent the first six years of his life in Poland before being…
Women in Wales are to be allowed to take the second abortion pill at home. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said the move will increase choice for women and reduce the burden on clinical resources. Guidance will be issued to health boards in Wales from Friday on allowing misoprostol, the second…
The Welsh Government has unveiled new guidance for regulated childcare settings to help them ensure they provide the children they care for with healthy food and drink. The new guidance forms part of a range of Welsh Government initiatives that will contribute to preventing obesity in Wales, and help ensure…
An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a four-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her mother. Amelia Brooke Harris died at her home on Brithweunydd Road in Trealaw, Rhondda, South Wales, on June 8. Her mother, Carly Ann Harris, 37, has since appeared before Merthyr Magistrates' Court…
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