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WALES NEWS ROUNDUP: Extra funding for the NHS, review of miners pensions and an urgent looking into cervical cancer testing changes.

The headlines for Wales for the 11th of January 2022.

 

It’s time for your headlines from across Wales. An extra £12.5 million of funding has been announced by the Welsh Government to help the NHS and social care sector, as winter pressures and the Covid pandemic take their toll.

The money will be used to support people to live independently following a hospital stay and help pharmacies ensure more people stay well without needing to see a GP.

The Health Minister said: “The pressures on the health and social care system remain extremely challenging. We all need to work together to support our health and social care services and help us to help you this winter.

“Simple things like visiting local pharmacies or minor injuries units for advice on minor health concerns, checking symptoms online using the NHS 111 Wales website or getting a Covid vaccine can make a high difference to our NHS and help people look after their health this winter.

“The funding announced today will help tackle the hospital and work force pressures within community services and social care by avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions and supporting people who currently cannot be discharged from hospitals due to insufficient care capacity return home.”

Review of Miners Pensions.

Former miners in Wales have repeated calls for a review of the "appalling" arrangement of their pension scheme.

The UK government has so far made £4.4bn from the scheme in return for guaranteeing its cash value.

 

Review into change of cervical screenings in Wales.

An urgent debate has been called in the Senedd over a move to extend routine cervical screenings in Wales from every three years to five years.

Public Health Wales said those aged 25-49 who had not tested positive for HPV would now wait two more years between tests. However, 30,000 people signed a petition against it, citing the risk it could cause an increase in deaths.


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