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Live Reporting

Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill to be considered by the UK Parliament

    AMs agree that provisions in the Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill, in so far as they fall within the legislative competence of the National Assembly for Wales, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

    The first policy objective of the Bill, which only relates to England, is to provide the Secretary of State for Defra with powers to establish new bodies known as "Rivers Authorities".

    The second policy objective, which relates to Wales, is to address a current obstacle to the raising of the expenses of certain Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) under the Land Drainage Act 1991.

  2. 'All preparation and no decision'

    "When it comes to Creative Wales, it seems this government is all preparation and no decision," says Conservative David Melding, while Plaid Cymru's Delyth Jewell accuses the minister of being vague.

    David Melding
  3. Statement by the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism

    The final statement of the day is by the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Dafydd Elis-Thomas: Creative Wales.

    He outlines his plans for the body, which will sit within Welsh Government but have the autonomy to make its own commercial decisions based on an understanding of the industry and its needs, emulating the working model of other Welsh Government bodies like Visit Wales and Cadw.

    Dafydd Elis-Thomas
  4. 'No doubt there is a great deal more to do'

    The next item is a Statement by the Minister for Education Kirsty Williams: "Support for Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Learners".

    She gives an overview of some of the measures taken in the last two years, such as an additional £3.4m to extend the Pupil Development Grant.

    She says, "I am in no doubt there is a great deal more to do, but as a government, we remain determined to do everything in our power to ensure that everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, has the opportunity to reach their full potential."

    It comes on the day that the draft of the new curriculum has been unveiled, in what has been called a "major milestone" in the biggest reform to Welsh schools in decades. It will be introduced in 2022 for all children currently in Year 3 or below.

    Kirsty Williams
  5. 'Deflecting the government's failings onto farmers'

    Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd accuses the minister of "deflecting the government's failings onto farmers".

    He says "You call upon Low TB Area farmers to do all they can to keep bovine TB out. Do you think they are not already doing that?"

    Llyr Gruffydd
  6. Welsh Government has ruled out an England-style badger cull

    The Welsh Government has ruled out an England-style badger cull and says its system focuses on eradicating all sources of infection. They say that badgers are only trapped and tested where evidence suggests they are contributing to the persistence of Bovine TB in chronic breakdown herds.

    The UK government has allowed culling in 32 areas across 10 counties in England to tackle bovine tuberculosis.

    Defra released figures show 32,601 badgers were culled in 2018.

  7. Welsh Government 'not got a handle on the issue'

    Conservative Andrew RT Davies says the fact that there was a 12% increase in the number of animals slaughtered as a result of TB between 2017 and 2018 shows that the Welsh Government "has not got a handle on the issue".

    Andrew RT Davies
  8. 'Making progress in tackling the disease'

    Lesley Griffiths says: “Our refreshed TB eradication programme which I launched in 2017 fundamentally changed the way we as a government and the industry view and tackle the disease.

    “Today I am pleased to be able to provide an update on the programme now we have a complete 2018 dataset of TB statistics available. We are making progress in tackling the disease but we must now keep up the momentum to stamp out the disease.

    “Our regional approach is clearly working and has enabled us to adapt the way we tackle the disease and tailor our response depending on the risk in that area."

  9. 11, 233 animals slaughtered as a result of TB In 2018

    The next statement is by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths: The Bovine TB Eradication Programme.

    In 2018, there were 746 new TB herd incidents in Wales, representing a 5% decrease compared to 2017. Of these incidents, 11, 233 animals were slaughtered as a result of TB, representing a 12% increase.

    Lesley Griffiths
  10. Highest level of intervention

    The health minister has put the Cwm Taf maternity services into special measures - the Welsh Government's highest level of intervention.

    Cwm Taf health board as a whole has also had its status escalated from enhanced monitoring to targeted intervention.

    An independent panel will now oversee those services to drive improvements at the hospitals - which handle 3,700 births each year.

    It will be led by the former chairman of the Welsh Ambulance Service and ex-Gwent chief constable Mick Giannasi.

    Prince Charles Hospital now has an expanded special care baby unit and six en-suite delivery room
    Image caption: Prince Charles Hospital now has an expanded special care baby unit and six en-suite delivery room
  11. 'One of the most critical reports ever published about healthcare in Wales'

    Owain Clarke

    BBC Wales health correspondent

    Quote Message: We heard rumours before publication that this report would be "bad" but few perhaps expected it to be as damning and damaging. Each page highlights one failing after another. Certainly it's one of the most critical reports ever published about healthcare in Wales. It talks of a dysfunctional service, badly led, with mistakes not being reported due to a fear of blame. And consultants were not able to respond to life-threatening cases out-of-hours for 45 minutes. Some behaviour was also unacceptable, with midwives discussing colleagues on a Whatsapp group, as being either "naughty" or "nice". All of this, at a health board up until recently considered one of the best performing in Wales. There will be questions from the health board but also questions about the Welsh Government's oversight. Senior officials saying we can only act on what we're told will ring hollow with families. The review casts a doubt on the credibility of the health board's own ongoing investigation into 43 cases. They want to take it over and will take a look at cases back to 2010. Yes, the health board's maternity services are now in special measures but families will ask whether any individuals will be held to account."
  12. 'Vaughan Gething should resign'

    Plaid Cymru’s Helen Mary Jones calls on Health Minister Vaughan Gething to resign.

    She says the report outlines a "deeply distressing pattern" of failing in Cwm Taf maternity services, which follows a series of serious failings at other health boards in Wales in recent years.

    She cites issues of staffing shortages, management not listening to staff, and patient concerns being brushed under the carpet.

    Helen Mary Jones
  13. 'Harrowing'

    Conservative Darren Millar says "those responsible for what went wrong must be held to account".

    "This report makes harrowing reading... babies have died," he stresses.

    He warns that special measures alone won’t solve this "crisis".

  14. 11 areas of immediate concern

    The review makes 10 detailed recommendations and follows the health board's own investigation which has been looking at 43 cases, including 25 serious incidents, between January 2016 and last September.

    These include eight stillbirths and four neonatal deaths.

    Q&A: Cwm Taf maternity problems

    Of these serious cases, 20 were at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant and 23 at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

    The review - from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology, and the Royal College of Midwives - found 11 areas of immediate concern. They included:

    • The lack of availability of a consultant obstetrician to support the labour ward, often with no actual presence and difficulty in making contact
    • "Fragmented" consultant cover for the labour ward with frequent handovers
    • "Unacceptable" availability of consultants during out-of-hours cover, with return times of up to 45 minutes
    • A high usage of locum staff at all grades and specialities
    • A lack of awareness and accessibility to guidelines, protocols, triggers and escalations
    • Lack of a functioning governance system which does not support safe practice
    • Midwifery staffing levels are not compliant with 2017 recommendations
    • The culture within the service is "still perceived as punitive".
  15. Health minister Vaughan Gething: 'I apologise to the women and families affected'

    Health minister Vaughan Gething has now ordered that the Cwm Taf health board's maternity services are put into special measures after dozens of serious incidents at the Royal Glamorgan and Prince Charles hospitals.

    Mr Gething calls the findings "serious and concerning", and says they would be "difficult and upsetting to read for both families and staff working within the service".

    He says "I apologise to the women and families affected by the failings and poor care described," and says he is determined that the actions he is announcing today will be a "catalyst for immediate and sustained improvement" to maternity services in Cwm Taf.

    Vaughan Gething
  16. 'Sub-optimal' leadership

    The next statement is by the Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething: Cwm Taf Maternity Services.

    A major independent review has found a health board's maternity services were "under extreme pressure" and under "sub-optimal" leadership.

    It was prompted by concerns about the deaths of a number of babies.

    A separate report found women who came forward "spoke about distressing experiences and poor care".

    The report found that the suspicions and concerns raised by those women were not taken seriously but found to have reflected a genuine problem that emerged later.

    The review says: "Many women had felt something was wrong with their baby or tried to convey the level of pain they were experiencing but they were ignored or patronised, and no action was taken, with tragic outcomes including stillbirth and neonatal death of their babies".

    One woman said she felt worthless, adding: "I'm broken from the whole experience, the lack of care and compassion".

    The review also suggests that further cases be looked at - going back to 2010 - to "determine the extent of the under-reporting" of issues and to provide assurance to the health board.

    Mother and baby
  17. 'Giving up the benefits of remaining without obtaining the benefits of leaving'

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton says Labour's policy would mean "giving up the benefits of remaining without obtaining the benefits of leaving".

    Neil Hamilton
  18. 'Scandalous that resources are being squandered'

    On the "catastrophic possibility" of a no-deal Brexit, Plaid Cymru's Delyth Jewell says "it is scandalous that resources are being squandered on preparing for an eventuality that should have been ruled out from the outset".

    Delyth Jewell
  19. 'Absolutely nothing new to say'

    Conservative Darren Millar says Jeremy Miles had "absolutely nothing new to say".

    He says "the way to put an end to the uncertainty is to back the prime minister's withdrawal agreement".

    Darren Millar