How Wales’ new GCSEs could look as fewer exams are considered

Pupils in Wales would no longer take three separate science GCSEs under proposed changes to exams under the new curriculum. There could also be fewer GCSE exams for languages and maths. The proposals are among plans for a new range of GCSE subjects published today (Thursday, October 14), by exam regulator Qualifications Wales. The regulator… Continue reading How Wales’ new GCSEs could look as fewer exams are considered

Rules for visiting care homes in Wales eased with distancing scrapped

Rules on visiting care homes have been relaxed in Wales. First Minister Mark Drakeford announced new rules for visiting care homes at Friday’s coronavirus briefing. He said that from now it will be easier to visit a loved one in a care home. From Friday care home providers will have the discretion to allow visitors… Continue reading Rules for visiting care homes in Wales eased with distancing scrapped

Wales loses huge number of firefighters as government cuts leave people ‘less safe’

“Devastating” cuts to firefighter numbers in Wales have left Wales with almost 450 fewer roles in Wales over the last decade. These figures also show that in the last year alone Wales has seen a decline of 44 firefighters. The numbers, which come from a freedom of information request by the Fire Brigades Union, show… Continue reading Wales loses huge number of firefighters as government cuts leave people ‘less safe’

Safe nurse staffing legislation for children’s wards comes into force in Wales

Pioneering nurse staffing legislation has been introduced on children’s wards in Wales following a six-month delay. It means there is now a legal duty on the Welsh NHS to calculate and maintain nurse staffing levels on paediatric inpatient wards based on a “specified methodology”. Wales became the first country in Europe to introduce pioneering legislation… Continue reading Safe nurse staffing legislation for children’s wards comes into force in Wales

The local lockdown experiment that utterly failed and why

Monday will mark a year since Wales’ two biggest cities, Cardiff and Swansea, went into local lockdown. At the same time Llanelli went into lockdown becoming the first town (rather than a local authority) to go into a local lockdown. These areas followed Caerphilly which was first on September 8 and Rhondda Cynon Taf was… Continue reading The local lockdown experiment that utterly failed and why

The ‘game-changing’ drug preventing strokes and heart attacks which is available in England but not Wales

A potentially lifesaving drug which has been approved for use on the NHS is set to be made available in England but not Wales. Anti-cholesterol drug inclisiran, which is given as a twice-yearly injection, could help thousands of people who have already suffered heart attacks and strokes. Experts hope that the “game-changing” medication will cut… Continue reading The ‘game-changing’ drug preventing strokes and heart attacks which is available in England but not Wales

What the plans to increase National Insurance means for Wales and how much it could cost you

The UK Government has revealed plans to increase National Insurance (NI) contributions to pay for reforms to social care and tackle the huge NHS backlog caused by the coronavirus pandemic. There are some suggestions that the rise could be as high as 2%. But despite the UK Government plans, it would be up to the… Continue reading What the plans to increase National Insurance means for Wales and how much it could cost you

Clean air technology to be used in schools in Wales to stop Covid spreading

Clean air technology will be used to make sure fresh and clean air flows through schools and stop Covid spreading when the autumn term starts. The Welsh Government will spend £6m on 30,000 CO2 sensors and 1,800 ozone disinfecting machines in a bid to improve ventilation in schools, colleges and universities. Welsh doctors have welcomed… Continue reading Clean air technology to be used in schools in Wales to stop Covid spreading

All 16 and 17-year-olds in Wales to be offered a Covid vaccine by the end of this week

All 16 and 17-year-olds in Wales will receive an offer of a Covid-19 vaccination by the end of this week, the health minister has confirmed. Eluned Morgan said she encourages everyone to take up their offer of a jab to further protect the population against the virus which has claimed 5,641 lives to date according… Continue reading All 16 and 17-year-olds in Wales to be offered a Covid vaccine by the end of this week

Mark Drakeford’s speech in full as he confirms Wales is axing almost all remaining Covid restrictions

First Minister Mark Drakeford has warned that Wales entering alert level zero does not mean a “free-for-all” as most of the remaining restrictions on daily life disappear. While he said the downgrading of restrictions was “another big step closer to life as it was before the pandemic began” it did not mean that there was… Continue reading Mark Drakeford’s speech in full as he confirms Wales is axing almost all remaining Covid restrictions