It is 8am. The GP surgery booking line has just opened. You ring. But it's engaged. So you try again. And again. Sometimes hundreds of times. This is an experience endured by patients in many GP practices across Wales. This is a screenshot of one patient in Llanrumney, Cardiff, who was trying to get through to her GP unsuccessfully last month. Frustrating as it can be, this is only a symptom of the wider issues that face General Practice in Wales. We spoke to patients and practitioners about what was going wrong and what needs to be done. Here are some of the most common complaints we've received from patients about their local GP surgery: 1. 'It takes ages to get through on the phone' Anne Jones, a registered patient at Fforestfach Medical Centre, Swansea , said it is increasingly difficult and expensive to book an appointment over the phone. She said: "You get an automated response when you finally manage to get through and you’re kept waiting on the line listening … [Read more...] about ‘We have to call our GP surgery 250 times before we get though’
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Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns wants a new train station to be built north of Swansea, slashing journey times between east and west Wales. Mr Cairns is visiting Swansea on February 7 to talk to AMs and councillors about the West Wales Parkway proposal. The Welsh Conservative MP said he was committed in principle to delivering the £20 million station, which he said would be built mainly on Network Rail-owned land at Felindre, near junction 46 of the M4. Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said he could only support the plan if it did not reduce the frequency of services to the city's High Street station and was part of more comprehensive transport investment in Swansea and the surrounding area. Mr Cairns said backing for the parkway station from the Welsh Government and Swansea Council, which both own adjoining land, was crucial as a car park would have to be built. "I am really keen to deliver this," he said. "I really want to enhance the rail network - for too long the … [Read more...] about The plan for a £20m railway station near M4 in Swansea
Despite the uncertainties of Brexit, there are big plans for the future of Swansea. A major redevelopment of the city centre is in the pipeline, business entrepreneurs are continually seeking out opportunities, and its arts scene continues to thrive. But who are the people driving that change, and helping to build the Swansea of the future. We have taken a look at some of the most influential movers and shakers in the city in the fields of politics, business, public service, sport, and culture. Please let us know if you think we've missed someone important... BUSINESS Chief executive of Swansea Business Improvement District - Russell Greenslade BID aims to make Swansea city centre a better place to visit and shop. With almost twenty years of experience in senior management positions within commercial, marketing, property development, pharmaceuticals, retail, FMCG and wholesale, Mr Greenslade took to the helm of Swansea BID in 2009. He has helped the organisation engage with local, … [Read more...] about The most influential people in Swansea right now
Around midnight on Thursday, March 29, 2018 there was a knock on the door of Jack Williams' traditional terraced house in Bonymaen, a community of around 6,000 people which overlooks the city of Swansea. On the doorstep was Jonathan Donne, a 42-year-old heroin addict known as Jonny, who was freed from jail last year after serving 10 years for killing his girlfriend, Michelle Harkett. His new girlfriend Gemma Owen, 31, was hiding around the corner and Simon Cairns, 46, was hiding in the shadows, having driven them up to Bonymaen from the tough Brynmelyn housing estate where they lived. © Sputnik / Chris SummersJack Williams grew cannabis in the spare bedroom of this house in Bonymaen, near Swansea, and it cost him his life On Tuesday, October 30, Donne was convicted of Jack's murder at Swansea Crown Court while Owen and Cairns were acquitted of all charges. On Thursday, November 1, Donne was … [Read more...] about Murdered For Weed: Would Jack Williams be Alive if Cannabis Had Been Legalized?
Wales’ fastest growing indigenous business can be revealed as ALS Managed Services. The innovative recruitment and staffing solutions firm, which recently moved from Pontypool to Caerphilly, tops this year’s Wales Fast Growth project, which ranks the 50 fastest growing indigenous businesses based on revenue growth over the past two years. ALS Managed Services, which works with some of the largest recycling and warehousing companies in the UK, and was recently acquired in a management buyout led by chief executive Steve Langian, achieved a staggering revenue growth of 4,237.6%, between 2015-17 with sales up from £250,264 to £10.85m. The annual list, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, was started by Professor Dylan Jones-Evans. Prof Jones-Evans said: "Every year the list identifies some incredible businesses that are making a significant difference to their sectors, markets and communities, and that this year was no exception." The largest sector this … [Read more...] about Wales Fast Growth 50,2018: These are the fastest growing companies in Wales