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dusting to come as well. Winter Our top stories this evening: It's
been described as the most ambitious ever plan to transform the NHS
in South West Wales The NHS is under huge pressure,
not just in south-west And we need to really look
at the models of care we deliver. We cannot keep doing it,
how we did it 70 years ago. Health bosses say the radical change
is essential to tackle the huge We have an exclusive report.
Also tonight, are events like Moto GP a step closer to coming
to Blaenau Gwent? Circuit of Wales bosses
meet their deadline and give the Welsh Government details
of the project's backers. Despite major opposition,
the High Court decides Dee Valley Water will be taken
over by Severn Trent, There's a suggestion prices could
rise and we are a community trust. We can't afford any
price rises here. Learning how to save lives,
but should lessons like these be in tonight's sport, we'll
have the latest on the injuries ahead of the Six Nations
game against England. This school produced them both,
but who should play at number 10? They've been described as some
of the most ambitious plans ever made to transform the way healthcare
is delivered in South West Wales. Health bosses say a unique
collaboration between the two local healthboards and Swansea University
will tackle the "huge "Sticking plaster" solutions
they say, won't do any more. The far-reaching plans are soon
to be submitted to the Welsh Our Health Correspondent, Owain
Clarke, has this special report. After 76 years, you could forgive a
building for not looking its best but would you want to be cared for
year? This part of Morriston Hospital is older than the NHS
itself but since then, the hospital has had to grow bit by bit around
these wartime corridors. Few could have imagined then the things that
happens here now. You can see we have an area of peak pressure. The
hospital 's rehabilitation centre, medical staff and engineers worked
together to design and build equipment which can help seriously
injured patients become mobile. So the NHS and do more than ever before
and the need for Kerry 's greater than ever. It means hospitals like
this one are often stretched to the very limit. But can the system
survive simply by making step-by-step changes? We can't just
carry on as we are. We cannot keep tried to do more of the same. We
need to change how we go about doing things. The NHS is under huge
pressure across the UK. We cannot keep doing how we did it 70 years
ago. 50 miles west of Morriston near the coast in Llanelli, could this
former industrial site be a glimpse into the future? It is going to
create a completely new village. Which the whole world will look at.
What is planned is an entire complex designed to keep as many of us out
of hospital as possible. Using money that could be unlocked by the
Swansea Bay city deal, council money and private investment, new parks, a
sports field and a leisure centre will be located here. There will
also be the first wellness Hotel. Also a rehabilitation centre,
community care hub and accommodation so that so that those that need help
can find it closer to home. The whole idea is to put more money into
keeping people healthy and educating people about how important it is to
look after health. But the NHS would still need to be there when thing
goes wrong and under the plans, Swansea East singledom hospital
would become a centre of excellence for daycare and diagnostic tests.
Morriston Hospital would concentrate on acute care of the sickest
patients. Next door, a medical research campus would be built in
partnership with the University. It covers a population of 1 million
people, 30,000 health care workers. But relatively homogenous stable
population is a wonderful living laboratory test bed for innovation.
And innovation is essential to solve the current challenges of the health
service. So the University can be a conduit between the private sector
and the monolith of the NHS. If we were to give you the impression that
this is a smooth journey, I think we would be misleading you. This isn't
easy. However, the prize is just enormous. But many who live further
west than Swansea have long complained of hospitals losing key
services to bigger towns and cities but how well far health board say
the benefits are likely to be spread across the region. I am not talking
about shifting every service in this organisation. We know that we are
spending money because we are spending a lot of money, a lot more
money, that we've got. On locums. It is no longer about the geography of
the place that attracts a young consultant, it is about the ability
to have research and development, to be able to be innovative in the way
they deliver care models. It has never been done before and we have
tried. I had been in the health service 45 years. We have tried. So,
will these sixth formers be the ones to help plug the gaps? They are
learning first-hand in Morriston what working in the NHS could be
like through a Project supported by technology companies. What I have
seen has made me more certain that I want to go into it. I want to go to
Swansea University and steady their and then move onto the NHS here. The
history of the hospital reflects the story of the entire NHS. Gradually
adapting to meet the populations needs but facing ever-increasing
pressures. The question is, without radical change, for how can that
continue? And you can see more on that story
from our health correspondent, It's been talked about for seven
years, now the developers who wants to build a ?425 million racing track
near Ebbw Vale say they'll break But first, they'll have to meet
rigorous financial tests set Ministers want assurances
that the Circuit of Wales will provide value for money before
it'll agree to be the guarantor Here's our Economics
Correspondent, Sarah Dickins. This is the vision of what
developers hope to bring to the hillside above Ebbw Vale. But this
is still the reality. Empty land after years of planning, debate,
delays and scrutiny, but after seven years, it might have moved closer.
It was back in 2011 that the plans were unveiled. Much needed
investment and jobs for Blaenau Gwent. By 2013, the local authority
had given planning permission but the next year, questions were raised
about how much public money would be tied up. But the developers said
they had the private sector backers that they needed. There are also
fears about the effect on the environment. That led to a public
enquiry into the 15. Then last year it became evident that the circuit
of Wales team wanted the Welsh Government to underwrite all of the
private funding once the track was operating and Edwina Hart, the then
economy minister, said that meant the government would be carrying too
much of the risk. So, what did the developers say it
will all mean? Well, 1600 people would be employed while the site was
being built according to the company. Over the years, there has
been talk of 6000 jobs. That would be a very long way down the track
and only if industry did set up alongside the circuit. The company
target is to attract 750,000 visitors a year from the UK and
abroad and they argue it would inject ?50 million into the Welsh
economy. Today the economy Secretary Ken Skates made a statement. He told
Assembly Members circuit of Wales has given him the information he
asked for about financial backers and it is now asking the Welsh
Government to underwrite less than half of the private investment. In
terms of the due diligence process that will commence on as receiving
all of the information, will enable us to begin that process, we expect
it to take place and be completed in approximately 4-6 weeks, which is a
normal time frame for a project of this scale. Upon which Cabinet will
then be able to consider it. All political parties backed the
project, so long as the due diligence comes out in its favour.
Whilst I do understand the necessity for doing proper due diligence, in a
proposal of this kind, this is a transformational project. If it
succeeds, it is going to be completed transforming the economy
of Wales, certainly in the south-east and mid Wales. Circuit of
Wales says it is working with Welsh Government through the scrutiny
process and says it is looking forward to is starting to build on
the site this spring. But they might end up wishing they had not
suggested such a tight timeline. The due diligence could take longer than
the expected six weeks and the project could fail the investigation
which could then throw out more questions. However the project feels
a step closer to becoming a reality than it has for seven years.
Our political editor, Nick Servini, is in the Senedd.
Nick, are ministers preparing to give this the go ahead?
Well, they are certainly daring to make a decision. It is widely
considered that this will be the third and final proposal put to them
from the circuit of Wales. I think the big problem in the past has been
the mismatch between the rhetoric of the developers and the decisions
made by the ministers, so the previous two proposals, there have
been very bullish comments from the circuit of Wales, only to be
rejected from the Welsh Government and I think it is fair to say that
mismatch is getting closer now. Ken Skates said in the chamber this was
the best of the bids that he had received so far. But that said, the
mismatch is still there. If you look at the statements from the circuit
of Wales for example today, it really gives an overwhelming
impression of dots and... A confirmatory process. Contrast that
with the Welsh Government statement which talks about rigorous tests,
fundamental questions about whether it would benefit Blaenau Gwent and
Wales and even includes a fit and proper person assessment of the
directors. That is standard practice for due diligence but it is unusual
to name check it in a relatively short government statement.
Ministers will have to decide not only on what is being planned but
who is behind it as well. How long until a final decision on this? Six
weeks in terms of the formal process. It will go to the Welsh
Government Cabinet for final approval. There are obvious
political sensitivities ease, most notably that this will happen in an
economically deprived part of Wales and there is a hope in the local
community that this will get the go-ahead. But I think it is there to
say that there is now a really serious attempt to address this real
problem about the level of Welsh taxpayer underwriting which has
really proved such a huge problem in the years that we have seen the
development of this project so far. Police investigating the fatal
shooting of a man near Pwllheli say he died of a single
gunshot wound to the head. 18-year-old Peter Colwell
died in a pub car-park in Llanbedrog in the early hours
of Sunday morning. Four of his friends were arrested,
but have been released on bail. Officers say the results of the post
mortem examination will help them Gwent Police are continuing
to look for two men as part of the biggest drugs operation
in the force's history. Raids were carried out
across Newport yesterday in a crackdown on the supply
of Class A drugs. 28 people have been arrested
so far - in an operation UK ministers responsible
for farming have been criticised by the chair
of the Assembly's Environment Committee for apparently "refusing
to engage" in its Brexit inquiry. It comes after the Environment
Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, Rejected an invitation to appear
before AMs, while Junior Minister, George Eustice, cancelled
at two days' notice. The UK Government says it's
in "regular dialogue" 30 primary school children have been
treated after they developed a rash while swimming
at a pool on Anglesey. Emergency services were called
to Plas Arthur Leisure Centre None of the pupils from
Ysgol Esceifiog are seriously ill, but the cause of the rash
is not known. The centre has re-opened
but the pool will stay shut Despite an attempt by some
shareholders to block it, an ?84 million takeover
of Dee Valley Water looks Staff and local politicians fear
that Severn Trent Water will cut A High Court judge rejected
an 11-hour challenge At a meeting of Dee Valley
shareholders last month, there were protests by those
who felt Severn Trent Water would absorb the company,
centralising administrative staff and ending the smaller scale
personal touches it offers. A Dee Valley Water employee bought
450 shares and handed them out to dissenters in an attempt
to block the takeover. A high court judge said today
rejected what he called It did seem a wonderful
opportunity to provide a voice For many years, we have
been told we are part of a shareholding democracy,
people have been encouraged to buy a small shareholdings
but ultimately, they may not be worth that much when it comes
to a vote like this. 180 people work
for Dee Valley Water. Its bills are on average
around 19% cheaper than Among its 230,000 customers is this
community run leisure centre. With half a million litres
of water in its pool alone, Prices are the main
thing for us here. And it is much easier
if you have a local office and a local company and Dee Valley
have already looked at their charity account to see if they can
help us in other ways. So we wouldn't want to
lose that connection. But local politicians say
they fear the worst. It is a local company,
very close to their customers. And now of course, those services,
many of them will become more remote, centralised at call centres
over the border, so you are bound to lose that personal touch,
so all told, I think it is bad news for the local customers, the local
staff working there and certainly Severn Trent Water has said it's
pleased with the decision. Dee Valley's objecting shareholders
have expressed their disappointment This last-minute bid proved
fruitless to those hoping to try Barring any appeal, the deal
will go through on Friday. It is then up to Severn Trent water
to persuade both Dee Valley's customers and staff at the right
decision was made. Still to come on the
programme before 7pm. These school children in Cardiff
are being taught how to save lives. Assembly Members consider
whether to make these skills compulsory in all schools.
And who would you pick at number ten It's a tough call for pupils
at their old school. In around an hour's time,
MPs will vote on the legislation that will allow the Prime Minister
to trigger of Brexit. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn,
has ordered his MPs to vote for the Bill during its final stages
in the House of Commons. But tonight another Welsh Labour
rebel has emerged - the Swansea West MP,
Geraint Davies. Seven other Welsh Labour MPs voted
against the party line Our parliamentary correspondent,
David Cornock, is at Westminster. Well, this is a very significant
moment and Brexit after tonight will be just a little bit closer. The
bill will overwhelmingly clear the House of Commons, it still has to go
to the House of Lords but Theresa May thinks she is on course to
trigger Article 50, start those formal divorce talks with European
Union, give notice of them at least by the end of next month. She is
confident she can do that because Jeremy Corbyn has told Labour MPs to
support the triggering of article 50 and the start of those talks. Most
Labour MPs will toe the party line but last week around a quarter of
them from Wales decided to rebel, including at least one frontbencher
and tonight as you say there is another rebel, Geraint Davies of
Swansea and there may be others too. And but is a political headache for
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader. He now has to embark on a reshuffle and
he has to find MPs who have either agreed to toe the line or are
prepared to toe the line in future. So a political headache for the
Labour Party but good news for Theresa May. David, thank you.
A proposal to make lifesaving skills a compulsory part of the school
curriculum is being debated by Assembly Members.
Conservative Suzy Davies is calling for all children to be
trained to perform CPR and to use defibrillators.
The move has the backing of St John Ambulance who say many
people in Wales wouldn't know what to do in an
These blue pills at Birchgrove primary in Cardiff learn life-saving
skills in a weekly after-school club. It has been running for four
years now and teachers say they have learned vital skills. We look at
things like choking, asthma, resuscitation, wounds, bleeding,
shocks, they learn how to deal with all those scenarios. Laura has
already put what she learned into practice. When we were on holiday,
my grandad fell on the step and hit his arm on the glass. There was no
class on it so I dressed it. They are taught it to the rhythm of a
particular the apt song, staying alive. Every year, around 8000
people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting but in
Wales, there is only a 3% chance of survival, compared to around 50% in
other parts of Europe. There is hope that teaching basic life-saving
skills to children can help address those shocking statistics. Suzy
Davies wants such training made compulsory and she is the first
Assembly Member trying to introduce a law known as aim... Those crucial
minutes between being able to restore somebody's blood circulation
and an ambulance arriving can literally be the difference between
life and death. The move has the backing of St John Ambulance. I
started first aid as a car about eight years old. I have done it from
a very early age. Everybody else can do it. It is better than doing
nothing. A spokesman for the Welsh Government says learners in Wales
are able to develop practical procedures as part of personal and
social education, which already forms part of the curriculum.
Good news for Wales, Taulupe Faletau will be available
for the match against England, while wing George North and fly half
Dan Biggar will be given time to prove their fitness.
If Biggar is ruled out, then Sam Davies, who replaced him
during the win in Italy, will be favourite to take over
Whoever it is, there'll be one Welsh school bursting with pride.
It's always been a big talking point.
This year, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies are vying for the jersey.
Both play for the Ospreys and both used to live on the same street,
Then both were pupils here, Gowerton Comprehensive.
Now, both are locked in a personal battle for that number ten jersey.
Dan Biggar shone at an early age, captain throughout his teens.
Should it be Dan Biggar or should it be Sam Davies?
This is the current crop of Gowerton pupils.
And as you see, the results, completely unscientific
So Dan Biggar has just won it 11 against seven.
Because he's a really experienced player and he's a good kicker,
like he proved last year in the World Cup.
So, I think he'll be good because he played
Let's talk to Joe now, he is the number ten in year ten.
I think he is a very tactical player and he is good under the high ball.
And it could be a risk to play Sambecause it is a big
Jacob is Sam Davies' biggest champion.
Why do you think he should have his first start against England?
We need to keep the generations coming through and if we keep
on picking Dan, other players are not going to come
Whoever starts, this will be one proud school.
We have also got a conveyor belt of talent coming through.
We have got other tens, Phil Jones, Matthew Protheroe,
just at this school and both have played international
The Wales management will decide tomorrow.
The defence coach says Saturday's opponents are the in form
They have got a very formidable attacking outfit
but having said that, we have had the best defence
And if we get back to that sort of form, which I think
we are slowly getting back to, in defence, we will be
The pupils have spoken, a tough call for them,
an even tougher call for coach Rob Howley tomorrow.
Wales netball captain Suzy Drane says they need more consistency
when they take on New Zealand again tonight at Ice Arena Wales after
The Silver Ferns are ranked second in the world.
Wales are 8th and have never beaten them.
After competing at two Olympics, four World Championships and three
Commonwealth Games for Wales, Jemma Lowe is retiring
The butterfly swimmer was European champion and part of the world
record-setting 4X100m mixed medley relay team three years ago.
The Cardiff Devils are aiming to book a place in the Challenge Cup
final, when they take on Belfast Giants tonight.
The Devils trail 5-4 from the 1st leg.
If they get through, they'll have home advantage for the final.
It will be held at Ice Arena Wales next month.
Talking of ice, it's going to turn colder over
the next couple of days, Derek.
It sure is. Yes, be prepared. We are in for a cold snap. Snow flurries in
places. It has been a little cloudy inland Garland today in Denbighshire
but nice and sunny in Milford Haven. Milford Haven was the warmest place
in the UK today, reaching 11 Celsius. Mind you, tomorrow will be
colder and colder still on Friday with an icy wind. Tonight we have
the odd light shower in Powys. Otherwise, a dry story. Some cloud
around but clear in parts of the North and West and colder than last
night. Temperatures dipping too close to freezing or below with a
widespread frost. Here is the picture for Thursday morning. A few
degrees colder than today. Fairly cloudy in the north-east. Into the
south-east, bright and breezy. Should be clear and sunny in
Aberystwyth. Sunshine in Dolgellau and Caernarfon. Sunniest in the West
tomorrow. Some snow flurries possible but most places dry and
colder than today. Top temperature only five Celsius. In Blaenau Gwent
tomorrow, cloudy. Dry and bright on Anglesey tomorrow. Sunny spells and
chilly, for degrees in Llangefni. Tomorrow night, mostly cloudy. A
dusting of snow in places, especially on the hills in the East.
Friday's chart shows a big high pressure over Scandinavia and that
means easterly winds for the UK. Those wins dragging even colder air
from the near continent. Friday the coldest day of the week. Bitterly
cold in the win. Snow flurries but not amounted to much. The best of
the sunshine in the West. A cold weekend. Some sleet and snow
showers. The winds stronger on Sunday, feeling very cold.
We'll be back with all the latest in our late bulletin.
But until then, from all of us on the programme,