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Fight closures of West Wales hospitals

By Beth Webster, Welsh nurse Three major hospitals in West Wales could close under proposals by Hywel Dda University Health Board. Until now, Welsh Labour has denied there is a crisis in the Welsh NHS – despite reports similar to those in England of waits of over 12 hours for ambulances and patients dying in corridors. Management is considering various ...

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Socialist Party Wales Annual Conference

By Joao, Beth, Alex and Meg (Cardiff West Socialist Party) Saturday’s earthquake pales in comparison with the shifts in the political landscape described at this weekend’s Welsh Conference. Up to 40 Comrades from across Wales gathered in Cardiff to discuss the successes and challenges of the past year, whilst simultaneously planning a programme for the future. Deputy General Secretary Hannah ...

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Welsh NHS Crisis – We Cannot Go On Like This

By Dave Reid We cannot go on like this. That is the substance of the letter from A&E consultants to the Welsh government. A&E consultants in Wales have written to First Minister, Carwyn Jones, to draw attention to the huge crisis in Welsh hospitals this winter. This letter follows on from a similar letter that A&E consultants in England have ...

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Crisis nurse: “staff are desperate for change” – unions must build for action

By Andrew Bromhall, NHS mental health nurse and Unison rep (in a personal capacity) I work as a crisis nurse and unscheduled care practitioner, with the aim of giving patients a choice – if safe – between hospital admission and home treatment. This choice, unfortunately, is sometimes made for them. With the shortage of mental health in-patient beds, people are ...

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Tories raise rail fares again – while Welsh Labour privatises

Member of rail union RMT, supported by Cardiff Trades Council, were campaigning outside Cardiff Central station today against fare increases and staff cuts. The union pointed out that while fares are going up services and safety are being cut. The UK government has sanctioned fare rises of 3.3% to train fares in Wales which will hit travellers and further add ...

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Swansea Labour cabinet approves £22m cuts

By Alec Thraves Swansea Socialist Party represented what the council leader called the ‘unofficial opposition’ in challenging another £22m cuts proposal for the 2018/19 budget at the council’s cabinet meeting last week. With no opposition councillors or trade union representatives present at the cabinet meeting it fell yet again on our shoulders to highlight the fact that there has already ...

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Cardiff rally protests victimising the homeless

By Lucy Davros Over 100 people attended a protest in the city centre against homelessness, which was called after a 32-year-old homeless woman tragically died in Alexandra Gardens on 25th November. Sadly, this needless loss of life is not so unsurprising given the decreasing temperatures around winter and the increasing number of people who are homeless – official figures suggest ...

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Cardiff crack-down on homeless people

By Dave Reid In the last couple of years there has been a marked increase in the number of homeless people living and begging on the streets of Cardiff. Official figures indicate an increase of 7% sleeping rough in one year, but surrounding cities and towns report increases of 60-90% which appear more accurate. The sharp increase is in large ...

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Carmarthenshire union leader slams Welsh Labour and Plaid cuts

The secretary of Carmarthenshire Unison has hit out at cuts being carried out by Labour and Plaid politicians while claiming to be anti-austerity. In a letter to the Western Mail Mark Evans takes up the claims of politicians from both parties referred to in an article by Martin Shipton. We republish the full article below. The abridged letter published in ...

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RMT slams rail privatisation by Welsh Labour

The rail union RMT has condemned the plans of the Welsh Labour government to further privatise the Welsh rail network. Private train operating companies currently operates the trains in Wales on tracks owned and maintained by the publicly-owned Network Rail. The franchise for operating the South Wales valley lines is coming to an end and is currently held by Arriva ...

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