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 Assembly Members discuss operation cancellations with Health Board Chief Executive

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THE TWO Pembrokeshire Welsh Conservative Assembly Members Paul Davies AM and Angela Burns AM used a phone call with Hywel Dda University Health Board Chief Executive Steve Moore to raise their concerns over the three days of cancelled elective surgery operations throughout the Health Board Region.

The Health Board, which is in charge of running Hospitals in Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, Llanelli and Aberystwyth has been forced to cancel elective surgery in all their hospitals for each of the last three days, blaming “extraordinary pressures”.

Mrs Burns used the opportunity of questions to the First Minister on Tuesday and a Topical question to the Health Minister on Wednesday to call for action to be taken and measures to be put in place to minimise disruption, further delays to procedures and similar events taking place again in the future.

Following the call, Mr Davies said: “We were grateful for the opportunity to raise the issues surrounding the cancelled operations with Mr Moore. We received some details surrounding the events that led to the decision being taken and we took the opportunity to express our concern that matters had escalated to such an extent. The situation is clearly not acceptable and whilst we need to ensure that patient safety is not put at risk, serious questions need to be asked to how a similar situation can be prevented in the future. The people of Pembrokeshire deserve better.

Mrs Burns added: “It is extremely worrying we have reached this point yet again. The Health Board cite extraordinary pressures, but these pressures regularly occur at a similar point every year. The Health Board need to analyse the root causes of this event and the Welsh Government must provide them with the tools they need to ensure that better planning is in place to cover the eventualities that have arisen over the recent days. Patients in our constituencies, many of whom have already endured lengthy periods of time on waiting lists, had planned for their surgery but will now need to wait until pressures have been reduced. It is not good enough and change must occur immediately.”

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Pembroke: Leave teenage girls alone, sex offender told

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A SEX OFFENDER from Ashdale Lane, Pembroke has been jailed for repeatedly ignoring court orders which were put in place to protect young girls.
Gareth Thomas James Flynn, aged 41, frightened a 14-year-old girl who refused to get off a bus in case he managed to find out where she lived.
41-year-old Gareth Thomas James Flynn scared a 14-year-old girl because she refused to get of a bus, frightened he would learn her address.
He admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was jailed today for a year.
Sitting at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Geraint Walters berated the defendant.  His Honour said that Flynn had shown a complete disregard for the original SHPO.
The judge said: “Leave teenage girls alone. They are scared of you”
He told Flynn he would be on licence for 12 months after his release from prison, and he reminded him that the SHPO remained in place.

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Narberth: ‘My mum’s camper was stolen and found burned out down the road’

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A CAMPER VAN stolen on Thursday night in Narberth was found burned a short distance from where it was parked, the owner’s son has said.

Zachary Bunce posted an appeal on Facebook on Friday morning saying: “Can every single one of my friends please share this my mother’s Ford transit campervan was stolen last night in the Narberth area can people please be on the lookout for this van as my mother is completely heartbroken.”

But three hours later he updated the post to say: “Thank you everyone who shared, sadly my mums van was driven 1.3 miles down the road and driven into a ditch and burnt it out.

Mr Bunce has said on that the incident has been captured on CCTV, and took place at 2.10am in the morning (Jan 24).
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101.

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Hook: Police and school confirm death of boy, 13

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POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy from Hook on Wednesday (Jan 22)

A police spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy, from the Hook area of Pembrokeshire.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. Next of kin have been advised and are being supported.”

A letter was sent out to parents and carers by Haverfordwest High VC School headteacher Jane Harries following the death. The letter reads: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you about the sudden death of a year nine pupil at our school.

“The children in Year nine were told this morning by myself and other pupils were told by their teachers during their lesson this afternoon. The full detail surrounding the death are not known at this stage – but children have been reassured that this is something that does not happen very often. Your child may or may not want to talk bout it, but it is likely that he/she will need your special care, attention and reassurance at this difficult time.

“We are deeply affected by the death, but we are trying, for the children’s sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, whilst allowing the children opportunities to talk about the pupil if they wish to. Trained support staff and counsellors are helping to support us through this difficult time. If you feel that your child needs extra support, please let us know.

“Our thoughts are with the pupil’s family at this difficult time, and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s achievement leader, or Miss Thomas, pastoral support manager. Paul Lucas, chairman of the governing body at Haverfordwest High VC School, said: “The governors are shocked at the tragic loss of this young student. The family are in our thoughts at this very sad time.”

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