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Ashley Talbot died after being hit by a minibus outside school -
a coroner says lessons must be learned.
Health officials speak of a recruitment crisis in the NHS,
costing health boards millions of pounds.
And why Wales' biggest council plans to suspend the right to buy
The coroner investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy who was run
over in the grounds of his school said the inquest has identified
Ashley Talbot was struck by a school minibus as he was leaving
Maesteg Comprehensive in December 2014.
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death and the coroner
will now make a report about the design and construction of
15-year-old Ashley was struck by a minibus
Police say the driver, PE teacher Christopher Brooks,
He was driving at 14 to 17 mph and would have had less
But the inquest heard about wider safety concerns.
One bus driver said this was an accident waiting to happen.
Several children described near misses which they had witnessed.
The coroner said the investigation had revealed matters of grave
concern and he will now be preparing a report on the design, construction
Reacting to the verdict, the solicitor of the family
No child should die in a road traffic accident on school premises.
In schools, more than anywhere else, the safety of children should be
This school was constructed through a PFI initiative.
It is clear from the evidence that we have heard in court
that the staff of the school were never satisfied with the design
And that they struggled, then, to provide a secure
and safe environment, given the design restrictions
Following the hearing, the local authority issued
a statement saying improvements have already been carried out
at the school and a review of safety in all schools in the county borough
The chair of governors paid tribute to Ashley as a popular pupil
and said the governors are satisfied the school is now safe.
We complied with all the health and safety
recommendations that were brought in following the terrible accident.
We believe now that the school is certainly a very safe place.
Ashley's mother has been too ill to attend the inquest.
They have welcomed the ongoing health and safety investigation and
They also plan to campaign for school safety in
Failures to recruit doctors and nurses are costing Welsh health
boards millions of pounds and today Assembly Members were told
there's now a recruitment crisis in the Welsh NHS.
In North Wales the amount of money being spent on agency staff this
year matches the entire ?30,000 overspend of Betsi
year matches the entire ?30,000 overspend of
We are told our hospitals have rarely been busier,
pressures rarely greater, the squeeze on cash rarely tighter.
But at a time when the Welsh NHS needs every penny it can get,
spending on agency staff to fill empty posts is spiralling.
According to some critics, there is a recruitment crisis.
In north Wales, as an example, there are 177 full-time nursing vacancies.
There's a shortage of 79 health care assistants.
Ward rosters are going only 85% filled.
And that's despite a recruitment drive.
We asked to be allowed into the hospital here in Bangor
today to speak to doctors and nurses about recruitment, but that
One, an experienced sister, who didn't want to be filmed,
told me that recruitment problems were down to the
Places like this are extremely tough to work in, she said,
Outside our cities, most Welsh hospitals struggle for staff.
Today at the Senate, Assembly Members were
Why, for example, do many medical students leave
We have recently run a survey of all of those trainees coming
to interview with us to find out exactly what are those key factors.
And the vast majority have indicated that it's important that they have
got somewhere where their friends are, their family is and it's
a geographical location that it is known to them.
I was talking to a number of students thinking
of going into medicine recently in my constituency.
They were all young, single, you know, young men and women, 18,
19-years-old, who couldn't wait to get out.
And said, you know, they've spent their whole lives here,
they wanted to go and see the big wide world.
And the failure to recruit is costing money.
This year, the Ysbyty Clwyd health board expects to be
in the red to the tune of more than ?30 million.
And that's similar to the amount it was spent on agency staff
If you could fill posts, could you get rid of a big
I think it would be a massive help if we could reduce the agency
spend and we are working towards that every day.
We have some rigorous plans in place to control
the spend on agency staff, both from the medical point of view
We need to recognise that there will always be a need
in certain circumstances to employ agency clinical staff, to make sure
A safe service, then, but also a cheaper service.
This has now become a major challenge for the Welsh NHS.
Meanwhile, the number of patients waiting more
and Emergency departments in Wales has risen by a quarter.
Just over 4,000 people spent 12 hours in A last month,
The Welsh Government said the rise is "unacceptable" and pledged
to work with NHS Wales "to achieve improvements for patients."
A man from Tredegar has appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court
accused of downloading so-called Islamic State manuals.
23-year-old Nathan Saunders is charged with five counts
of possessing a record likely to be useful to a person committing
A woman from Swansea who claimed she'd been imprisoned
in her father's flat in Saudi Arabia is still waiting for a face-to-face
21-year-old Amina Al-Jeffrey said her father locked her up
because "she kissed a guy", an allegation he denies.
Last Summer, Mohammad Al-Jeffrey was ordered to facilitate his
daughter's return to the UK, but she remains in Saudi Arabia.
A High Court judge has revealed her lawyer has yet to be
Tenants in Cardiff could become the latest in Wales to lose
the right to buy their council houses as the authority aims
to tackle the city's growing housing need.
The Council's decision to suspend the Right to Buy policy for five
years will need to be rubber-stamped by the Welsh Government who plan
to introduce a law that would amount to a Wales-wide ban
In March, they'll have been married 60 years.
For almost 40 of them, they've lived in this former council
When we came here it was nothing like it is now and then we were hit
-- here about a month and decided we'll buy it.
We feel proud that we both came from, I came from a council house
in Ely, Harry's from the docks and we're out here
So, I'm quite pleased with both of us.
The Fords would have benefited from a discount of up to 50%
when the policy was first introduced in the 1980s.
These days, social housing tenants in Wales can get out of a maximum
of ?8,000 knocked off the value of their property.
Last year, 359 properties in Wales were bought under
the Right to Buy scheme, out of a total of more than 200,000
Had we not had the Right to Buy, we wouldn't have a waiting list
today and people on the waiting list are in significant housing need.
So what we want to be able to do, we want to protect a very important
asset for families to come, now and into the future.
Cardiff Council's requests will need to be accepted
Anglesey, Carmarthenshire and Swansea have already been given
permission to suspend the Right to Buy policy in their areas.
But other applications are still being considered.
However, next month, government ministers for proposing
a new law in the assembly that would amount to a Wales-wide
It would bring the curtain down on a flagship Thatcherite policy
driven by her desire to create a nation of homeowners.
This just deflects attention from the huge national need
We should be proud of the Right to Buy and we should
encourage its use in the future but we certainly need
to build more homes, that's what the Welsh government
We really do need investment in new homes.
Housing associations are a big part of that and are committed
to building social homes that are needed up and down Wales
and the Right to Buy is one part of that picture.
It stops us losing homes that we desperately need
but actually the focus needs to be on building new homes.
But as far as Shirley and Henry are concerned,
it afforded them the opportunity to turn the house into a home.
He's had an incredible week, but the dream is over
The teenager from Ebbw Vale lost to world number four Judd Trump
But while Jackson's Welsh Open is over, one Welshman
remains in the tournament - Lee Walker beat Graeme Dott to make
Let's see what the weather has in store.
Derek's here and is it a little milder?
We're little bit milder, yes. 10 Celsius this afternoon. And, daytime
temperatures will continue to exceed the mid-February average over the
next few days, typically ten to 12 Celsius. Tonight, some rain for
parts of mid and North Wales. That will gradually ease and clear.
Elsewhere it is looking dry. A few gaps in the cloud and a mild night.
Generally dry tomorrow morning. A bit misty and places first thing. It
should writing up in Monmouth, a little sunshine. Across the rest of
the UK a warm front through England and Scotland will bring spots of
drizzle. Some sunshine in Edinburgh and Newcastle. Many areas dry but
some pockets of rain in the West later in the day. Temperatures on
the mild side generally speaking. Nine in Glasgow, 12 Celsius in
London. Close to home, dry and brighter in the north and east
tomorrow afternoon but how will increase. Some rain spreading from
the West and look at those temperatures, ten to 12 Celsius with
a south-easterly breeze. Tomorrow night a bit damp in places,
otherwise dry. Enough moisture for a few mist and fog patches to form.
Against a mile. Mist and fog patches on Saturday will live. A lot of dry
weather, fairly cloudy, with a few sunny intervals. However, a cold
front will move through the day. It stays on the mild side on Sunday.
Again a few spots of drizzle, otherwise mostly dry. Hopefully a
little bit of sunshine. In the next week, half term, mild, breezy a
little rain, it may turn colder later in the week with showers.
We're back with updates from around 6.25am in the morning
But that's Wales Today, from all of us on the programme, goodnight.