We’ve put together a roundup of all the latest news, weather and travel information for Wednesday, March 30, to help you catch up and prepare for the day as families of dead or critically ill babies. disabled due to catastrophic errors at an NHS trust on the Welsh border must receive the final report of an independent inquiry.
A major review by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, led by maternity expert Donna Ockenden, is due to publish its findings on Wednesday, with implications for all of NHS maternity care. The BBC reports that the report will say around 201 babies could have survived if better maternity care had been provided.
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In other news, a health board in Wales has declared a major incident. The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board said its services were under “sustained and unprecedented pressure” and asked patients to only visit one of its hospitals in life-threatening cases. danger.
The health board has declared a “business continuity incident” – known as a black alert – which is the highest level of alert available.
A spokesperson said Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran was seeing “a record number of visits” and non-life-threatening patients were waiting more than 14 hours to see a doctor. Read the council’s full statement here.
Better care may have saved babies
More than 200 babies born in an NHS Trust on the Wales border have died due to ‘repeated failures’, reports the BBC. An independent inquiry into Britain’s biggest maternity scandal will be published at 10am today and the BBC understands it will have damning findings.
It is understood that in addition to the 201 babies who could have survived with better care, dozens more suffered life-changing injuries, including severe brain damage. Mothers have also died following the failures of the Shropshire and Telford NHS Trust, which borders Wales and cares for many Welsh mums.
The BBC reported that the damning report, led by maternity expert Donna Ockenden, found worries about care were a factor in 131 stillbirths and 70 neonatal deaths between 2000 and 2019. A separate criminal investigation is being carried out by the West Mercia Police.
Richard Stanton and Rhiannon Davies, who campaigned for years against poor care, lost their daughter Kate hours after her birth in March 2009. The trust noted the death but described it as a ‘no harm’ event. , although an inquest jury later ruled. Kate’s death could have been avoided.
Another couple who led the campaign for safer care are Kayleigh and Colin Griffiths, whose daughter Pippa died in 2016 of a group B strep infection. A year later a coroner ruled that her death would have could be avoided.
Wales news headlines
Anger over police misconduct hearing held in private
A hearing into the alleged misconduct of three high-ranking police officers following sexual offense charges at a retirement party will be held behind closed doors, excluding the media and the public.
Acting Deputy Chief Constable Marc Budden and Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Warrender, both of Gwent Police, were suspended following an alleged incident at a retirement party in Cardiff in June 2019 for former Gwent Police Chief Constable Julian Williams. Detective Chief Superintendent Warrender has been suspended after an alleged sexual offense against a female officer with Acting Assistant Chief Constable Budden also suspended for alleged misconduct.
The pair, along with another colleague, Chief Inspector Paul Staniforth, face a misconduct hearing next month. The hearing will be held behind closed doors after the media and members of the public were banned from attending following a decision by the presiding judge after requests from Gwent Police and the three officers involved.
The teacher had suitcases full of porn at work
A ‘sexist’ lecturer who told a colleague he couldn’t resist redheads had two suitcases full of porn in a college closet, a court has heard.
Michael Drew, a lecturer at the Newtown Campus of the Neath Port Talbot Group of Colleges, had a “voluminous” collection of pornographic films – with titles including “Spring Break” and “Dorm Room Fantasies”.
The suitcases were forcibly removed from campus after staff members raised concerns about Mr Drew’s allegedly inappropriate behavior. After the suitcases were found, the college’s vice principal had to spend more than eight hours watching the explicit films to make sure they didn’t contain images of children, which they didn’t.
An Education Workforce Council (EWC) hearing on Tuesday was told one suitcase was full of videos, DVDs and records, while the other contained clothing and paraphernalia including “whips, chains and handcuffs”. Learn more here.
Rain and snow from the hills spreading south throughout the day. Here is the full prediction for Wales:
Mostly cloudy with bouts of rain steadily spreading south throughout the day. Rain will change to sleet or sleet over higher ground during the afternoon as a cold northeast wind picks up. Maximum temperature 13°C.
Patches of rain and snow over the hills will dissipate southward this evening with most places becoming dry by midnight. Isolated winter showers may affect parts of the east around dawn. Minimum temperature -2°C.
This is how roads and railroads are affected at 7 a.m.
National news headlines
kyiv attacked despite its wish
Ukraine allegedly attacked a military weapons depot in Russia. On Tuesday evening, Ukraine retaliated for only the second time since the outbreak of war on February 24, according to Russian state media reports. A missile appeared to hit a Russian military weapons depot outside Belgorod, near the Ukrainian border, causing an explosion.
Witnesses said the strike ‘likely’ came ‘via a drone or short-range ballistic missile’, according to the Shimmer. Video footage of the explosion was shared on social media (below) and showed a huge explosion, with Russia saying at least four soldiers were injured as a result.
In other news, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave his daily address and questioned Russia’s pledge to “significantly reduce military hostility” against the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv and Chernihiv following talks on peace in Istanbul.
“We must not lose vigilance,” he said. “The situation has not become easier. The scale of the challenges has not diminished. The Russian military still has significant potential to continue attacks against our state.” You can also read the latest news from Ukraine in our morning briefing here.
A fundraising concert for Ukraine featuring Ed Sheeran and the 2016 Eurovision winner has raised £12.2million for the humanitarian effort in the war-torn country.
The two-hour concert for Ukraine was organized to raise funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and its response to the Russian invasion.
Store price inflation hits highest level since September 2011
Retail price inflation hit its highest rate since September 2011 as consumers warned the full impact of rising costs is yet to be seen.
Annual inflation accelerated to 2.1% in March from 1.8% in February – the highest rate in more than a decade, according to the BRC-NielsenIQ Store Price Index.
Food inflation jumped to 3.3% – its highest rate since March 2013 – while non-food inflation hit 1.5% in March, from 1.3% in February and its highest rate since February 2011.
Consumers experienced their fifth consecutive month of rising prices amid mounting cost pressures along the supply chain, including rising wages, input costs, global raw materials, energy and transport.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said many of these costs were starting to be exacerbated by the situation in Ukraine, but the full price impact was not yet visible.
Wheat prices rose sharply while the rise in oil prices not only impacted the cost of domestic energy but also that of fertilizers and the transport of goods.
BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said: “Our retail price index rose more modestly than other measures of inflation as retailers were able to limit price increases for many essentials.
“By keeping prices for key items low and expanding value ranges, retailers are trying to support customers most affected by the cost of living squeeze, many of whom will face higher energy prices and higher national insurance contributions from 1 April.
“With headline inflation likely to rise even further according to the Bank of England, consumers will not have it easy this year. The war in Ukraine and volatile commodity markets are expected to further undermine consumer confidence in the coming months.”
Rubin Colwill’s strike gives Rob Page’s men a draw
Rubin Colwill scored his first international goal as Wales extended their home unbeaten record to 18 matches with a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic.
The visitors started well and took the lead at the Cardiff City Stadium thanks to a steady effort from captain Tomas Soucek. But Colwill – on home ground – equalized moments later after a fine play from the impressive Brennan Johnson. Read the full match report here.
Both teams had chances to win it, although the spoils were eventually split on what was useful training for Rob Page’s fringe players ahead of a huge month in June when the Red Dragons tried to qualify for the Qatar World Cup in addition to playing four Nations. League schedule.
Only Wayne Hennessey retained his place in the memorable World Cup play-off semi-final win over Austria, with the goalkeeper earning his 100th cap. Chances were scarce from the start, although Johnson did challenge the Czech Republic defense with his pace.