Plaid Cymru Senedd Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Mabon ap Gwynfor is urging those who want to make a difference within their community to help support the work of rural mental health charity the DPJ Foundation, who are on the lookout for volunteers.
The DPJ Foundation is a Wales-based mental health charity which supports those in the agricultural industry and rural communities with mental health problems in an accessible way that suits the specific needs of the individual.Read more
Since 2015 the Health Board have provided a gold standard community heart service for patients with heart failure.
The service saves lives; saves people from having to stay in General Hospitals; and saves the Health Board a lot of money.
There are approximately 8,000 known heart failure patients across north Wales, and its estimated that there's another 8,000 that are unknown.
These community clinics treat dozens of patients every month, and those in centres closer to their homes. The current service saves around £1.5m a year for the Health Board. Expaniding the service across the whole region could save them up to £5m in total a year.
Unfortunately the Board have failed to commit to the service's long term future, instead choosing to review it every six months. This means that the staff working in the service have no job certainty, resulting in staff moving on to other jobs and failure to recruit. This threatens the whole future of the service.
The staff and patients need certainty. We are therefore calling on the Health Minister and the Health Board to provide that certainty by providing the long term funding necessary to maintain this world class service in north Wales.
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Cancer is the biggest killer in Gwynedd, attributed to 28% of deaths in Gwynedd in 2018. In some areas, such as Dolgellau, it's hgher, 41%.
Early diagnosis is crucial to ensure a positive outcome.
We call on the Welsh Government to invest in opening a rapid diagnostic centre in Gwynedd to ensure parity of service.
Campaigner backs calls for dedicated regional centre to drive-down mortality rates.
Plaid Cymru have called on the Welsh Government to invest more in cancer diagnostics in north Wales by establishing a rapid diagnostic regional hub in Gwynedd, following the release of mortality rates across the UK.
Their calls have been backed by Becky Williams, widow of Irfon Williams who led the Hawl i Fyw campaign.
Newly-released mortality figures reveal that cancerhttp://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/903/news/49660 is the single biggest cause of death in north Wales, with 2,291 of the 8,156 recorded deaths attributable to cancer.Read more