Senedd Bites #80: Nurse shift rota change cancelled

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Controversial nurse rota changes shelved by health board

Proposed changes to nurse shift rotas at Betsi Cadwaladr health board have been cancelled. The proposals would have seen shifts extended without pay for more than 4,000 nurses and healthcare support workers.

A Plaid Cymru plenary debate on the issue was held around the same time as the announcement was made.

Representatives from the Unite trade union said: “The decision by Betsi Cadwaladr not to progress with the changes to staff rosters is a victory for our campaign and will come as a huge relief to the thousands of nurses and health professionals who would have been affected.”

Landfill “better for the environment than incinerators”

The Chair of the Senedd’s Environment Committee, Mike Hedges AM (Lab, Swansea East) said that sending waste to landfill was more environmentally friendly than the use of incinerators, calling for the Welsh Government to ban new plants except those used to burn medical waste.

There have been calls for a moratorium on new incinerators in the Swansea area and at Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan due to concerns around emissions. Another incinerator is planned at Deeside Industrial Park.

People “unsure” about new Gwent hospital’s impact on local services

Nick Ramsay AM (Con, Monmouth) has said that people in the Aneurin Bevan health board are unsure about the impact on local hospital services when the Grange University Hospital – a new £350million critical care centre near Cwmbran – opens in 2021.

The Grange Hospital will take control of most emergency, paediatric and specialist services, with other services retained at Abergavenny’s Neville Hall Hospital and the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.

The board’s Deputy Medical Director said: “It’s important for people to realise that they will still be able to access minor injuries and still have medical assessments, and the vast majority of care that’s delivered within the health board will still be within those hospitals.”

UK Government “doesn’t understand S4C’s importance”

A delay to the appointment of a new Chair of S4C has been criticised and described as proof that the UK Government doesn’t understand the channel’s importance.

A new Chair was due to be announced this autumn but has been pushed back due to the snap UK general election in December. The UK Department of Culture, Media & Sport said: “We have made sure that S4C has an interim chair in place since 1st October so that it can continue to operate effectively, and we will announce the new chair in due course.”

Plaid Cymru ridiculed for Rugby World Cup claim

Plaid Cymru was ridiculed on social media after Helen Mary Jones AM (Plaid, Mid & West Wales) released a statement claiming Wales would stand a better chance of winning the Rugby World Cup under a Plaid-led government.

Wales finished in fourth place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and the AM said Plaid would invest more funding into grassroots rugby.

Andrew RT Davies AM (Con, South Wales Central) quipped: “Would they guarantee us that we’d also win the Football World Cup and come top of the Olympic table if we vote for independence?!”