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Key hospital service on its knees due to staff shortages – Plaid MS ‘What are you doing to support frontline NHS?’

A vital hospital service is in danger of collapse due to a lack of staff, a Plaid Cymru MS has warned.

Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales MS, said the radiotherapy unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd was chronically understaffed in some areas and NHS bosses were having to outsource more and more cancer treatment to other centres in England.

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Back striking postal workers #StandByYourPost

Picture caption: Plaid Cymru MS Llyr Gruffydd (left) with striking CWU members and Plaid Cymru councillor Annette Davies outside Wrexham Sorting Office

 

Plaid Cymru’s North Wales MS Llyr Gruffydd has joined striking postal workers on the picket line outside the Royal Mail Sorting Office in Wrexham. 

Members of the Communications and Workers Union (CWU), which represents many Royal Mail workers, are on strike after management offered a two per cent pay deal.

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Plaid MS praises leading disability charity

Plaid Cymru’s North Wales MS Llyr Gruffydd has thanked a leading charity for their work with the disabled, including a family member who was resident in a Leonard Cheshire Home.

Disabled people from across Wrexham and Flintshire were joined by politicians, friends and families for a celebratory ‘My Voice, My Choice’ showcase event, run by leading disability charity Leonard Cheshire. Politicians in attendance included Ken Skates MS who gave a keynote speech on social inclusion, with Sam Rowlands MS and Llyr Gruffydd MS also participating in a lively question-and-answer session on campaigning and advocacy.

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One in eight nursing jobs vacant at Betsi Cadwaladr

Shocking new statistics on staff shortages at health board

 

A Plaid Cymru MS has said he’s shocked but not surprised to learn that one in eight nursing and midwifery jobs in north Wales are vacant.

 

The problems facing the medical profession within Betsi Cadwaladr health board are even more pressing with 20% of posts filled by temporary locum doctors and a further 8% vacancy rate

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Wrexham Losing Out Over Prisoner Health Fund

The UK Government must fund prisoner health in Wales properly. That's the call coming from Plaid Cymru after it emerged that there are now 'four judicial review matters open that largely related to healthcare services in HMP Berwyn'.

The news of problems facing healthcare services in the Wrexham institution, the largest prison in the UK, has not surprised local Plaid Cymru spokesperson Carrie Harper: "We were concerned before the prison opened eight years ago -  http://www.wrecsam.news/2014/09/prison-will-put-local-emergency.html - that health services in north Wales would have to pick up the tab for this new prison. 

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Charity store's £320,000 boost for heart research

From left: Gemma Roberts, BHF Cymru policy and public affairs manager, Llyr Gruffydd MS, Nigel Marston, BHF area manager, and volunteers Donna Price and Tim Hart.

North Wales regional MS Llyr Gruffydd has praised the work of staff and volunteers at one of the largest charity stores in Wrexham, where almost a third of a million pounds is raised for heart research each year.

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Search on for seventh chief exec in nine years at health boad

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Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales MS, has responded to the news that Betsi Cadwaladr health board’s chief executive is standing down later this year:

“I wish Jo Whitehead well in what are obviously difficult personal circumstances for her. This departure means that BCUHB will now be searching for its seventh chief executive or interim CEO in just nine years and that’s symptomatic of an organisation that is struggling in terms of leadership and direction.

“Most of those years have been spent in special measures under the direct intervention of the Labour Government, a period of time that did not see significant improvements in many departments.

 

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Castle's future in focus for politicians and CADW

Ensuring a secure future for Rhuddlan Castle was top of the agenda when politicians met with CADW officials recently.

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Councils 'need sustained support not further cuts'

Plaid Cymru councillors on Ynys Mon have met with their regional MS Llyr Gruffydd to discuss improving relations between the Senedd and local government.

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Praise for apprentice training scheme

A leading civil engineering firm based in north Wales has been praised for its commitment to training local apprentices.

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