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NHS watchdog staff 'told not to criticise' Welsh Government

Image copyright Getty Images Staff working for Wales’ community health councils have been told by senior colleagues not to criticise or embarrass the Welsh Government over plans to scrap the independent watchdogs, BBC Wales has learned. Ministers have consulted on replacing CHCs with one organisation. One CHC member told BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales their council’s […]

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Women have 1.9 children on average, a record low

Image copyright Getty Images Women in England and Wales are having 1.9 children on average, fewer than their mothers who had 2.2 offspring, according to the Office for National Statistics. That’s a small decrease but the lowest level on record and continues the downward trend of the past few years. The decline is in part […]

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Dog owners have lower mortality, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found. The team analysed national registries for people aged 40 to 80, and compared them to dog ownership registers. They found there was a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in […]

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University Hospital, Cardiff 'critical' mortuary failings

“Significant shortfalls” in standards in mortuary procedures at Wales’ biggest hospital have been criticised by a watchdog. It involves tissue samples at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff from 42 post-mortem examinations, ordered by police and coroners across Wales and Gloucestershire. Samples were kept longer than necessary, in one case for five years. Cardiff […]

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Meningitis jab uptake 'worryingly low'

Image copyright Getty Images School-leavers are putting themselves at risk of deadly meningitis if they don’t take up the offer to be vaccinated against the disease, nurses are warning. People living in England who are aged 17 and 18 are eligible for the free jab. The Royal College of Nursing says only a third took […]