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    jimmysmith wrote:
    Crossbenchtory wrote:
    Mervyn James wrote:
    What about getting rid of Welsh MP's on the gravy train in London, we could save a few quid there. Welsh people endorsed and voted for an Assembly, just get with it. There is no argument to be made for a return to English rule again, we voted an Assembly in because they said Cardiff was 'Fort Apache' and they only used their 'welsh office' as an area to teach errant English politicians a lesson, until we kicked them out..... they had no respect for Wales, and still don't because Wales is Labour held territory, its the politics of sour grapes from Tories. But they still have no chance of getting in here. 3 generations have ensured that. We cannot all be wrong.
    Um, you can all be wrong and I would submit that you are all wrong.

    The assembly was set up by a labour government to ensure one thing and one thing only and that was to ensure that there would always be a minor labour power base somewhere in the UK irrespective of whether or not there was a labour government in Westminster. In that aim they have succeeded as Wales is now, effectively, a one party state because the population is either too stupid, or too brainwashed, to vote anything but socialist.

    And that is why Wales is an educational, health and economic basketcase!
    and with a post like that you are most definately a basket case as you put it and wales is no more labour than what beirut is catholic .wales is down the pan chum because of every one from local council level right upto the wasters in the houses of parliament is robbing us blind no matter who they are tory labour lib dem what ever . clowns like you detached from reality continually bleating about labour to blame for every thing make me laugh to be honest .look at this latest traitor cameron and the way hes selling us out . we would all be better of voting the bnp in to be honest
    .jimmysmith wrote:
    "we would all be better of voting the bnp in to be honest"

    one of the most sensible comments I have seen or here, someone besides me who see the British National Party as the change our Country needs, most on here want more of the same crap we've had for decades, quite happy to vote for the Millionaires in Parliament and take in the lies the promises, even those who think that they are intellectual intelligent posters on here are FOOLED big style, there are posters on here who don't actually vote yet they think their way is the only way forward for our country, I bet none of them have even looked at the British National Parties Polices, I know some one from UKIP have, Nigel Farage, most of their Polices are the BNP with a Tory spin...."
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Gwent health board facing £100m budget gap

Free Press Series: Gwent health board facing £100m budget gap Gwent health board facing £100m budget gap

GWENT'S health board is warning that it will need to close an eyewatering budget gap of at least £100 million during the next three years, in order to balance its books.

The sobering estimate of the financial challenge facing Aneurin Bevan Health Board is reported in its medium term plan.

And the plan cautions that the estimate is based on a number of assumptions regarding issues like the costs of drugs and Continuing Healthcare, the treatment needs of the population, and on the health board breaking even this year.

On that basis, the estimate of the financial challenge to the end of 2016/17 is put at just over £107m.

But the report states: "This is considered a conservative estimate when compared to previous years, and with other health board peers. It is therefore important to note that the scale of the financial challenge may be materially greater than this assessment, but is unlikely to be lower."

That £107m is assessed as being around four per cent of the total expenditure over the three-year period 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17.

One factor that could make the figure even greater however, is if the health board fails to break even this year. Currently, it is forecasting an overspend for 2013/14 of £5.6m, which if previous arrangements were followed would require it to borrow the deficit sum from the Welsh Government, repaying it the following year.

Issues such as wage awards and the fluctuating costs of agency and locum staff could also have in bearing over the size of deficits in the next three years.

But the health board is that ongoing root-and-branch reviews and reorganisations of services and work patterns will help deliver the savings required to bridge the budget gap, while acknowledging that the challenge is huge.

Major shake-ups in the way key services such as A&E, neonatal, paediatric and obstetrics are provided will be announced next week, and these could help reduce costs, but even more wide ranging changes in the way the NHS in Gwent operates will be required.

The health board has already, over the past five years, saved more than £150m in order to cope with the financial challenges of shrinking NHS Wales budgets.

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