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PATIENTS and staff at Abergavenny’s Nevill Hall Hospital are to be further protected by new on site security guards.

Extra security measures costing £120,000 are already set to be introduced at the hospital after a man tried to strangle a nurse to death.

Staff members have confirmed to Monmouth MP David Davies that there will now be a physical security presence at night and during weekends.

All sites run by Aneurin Bevan Health Board are currently undergoing a security and delivery review following the incident at Nevill Hall Hospital last year.

Royston Jones, aged 39 from Brynmawr, attacked his wife Claire in the intensive care unit where she worked. He was convicted of attempted murder at Newport Crown Court in February and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Mr Davies said the gravity of what happened had caused “real fear” amongst staff for their safety and urged the health board to look at introducing tighter security.

Stage one of the review, which focussed on the physical security of the building, CCTV and access control systems, has been completed.

£120,000 will be used to improve current security measures.

The next stage of the review looked at the needs and potential requirements for a physical security presence.

“I understand staff members have received an email informing them that security guards will be on site at night and weekends, starting immediately,” said Mr Davies.

“I very much welcome this news. While CCTV cameras do act as a deterrent and might be able to solve crimes after they have occurred, they are certainly not as effective as a physical presence.

“I have been in A&E as a member of the public, once with an ill child, and witnessed abusive and intimidating behaviour by patients. Sadly, in a lot of London hospitals, it is normal for security staff to be employed at busy periods.

“It is a great shame that such steps need to be taken and we have been forced to think about tightening security in our local hospitals, even in an area like Abergavenny.”

AM appalled by NHS waiting times

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has described the latest Welsh NHS  waiting times statistics as “appalling”.

Recent figures reveal that one in seven people remain on a Welsh NHS waiting list and patients in Monmouthshire are facing longer waits for treatment than those over the border in England

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Ramsay said:

“Across Wales a total of 23,238 patients had waited more than 36 weeks for treatment at the end of February, compared to a little over 13,000 waiting more than 26 weeks at the end of the same month in England. In total 415,737 people are waiting to start treatment in Wales, while the number of people waiting more than eight weeks for specified diagnostic services in Wales rose over the month from 20,097 to 20,945. In England just 12,283 were waiting over six weeks.

“These figures are simply not acceptable. Targets in Wales are  continually not being met and the Welsh Government’s cuts are hitting staff, patients and their families. It’s high time the Welsh Government Ministers addressed this very worrying issue.”

AM appalled by latest ambulance response times figures

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has condemned the latest ambulance response times figures released today (Wednesday) as shocking.

Figures for February revealed that in Wales just 51.2% of ambulances arrived at the scene of an immediately life-threatening call within the Welsh Government’s target time of eight minutes, while in Monmouthshire the figure was even lower, with only 41.3% of ambulances arriving within the target time.

Commenting on the figures, Mr Ramsay said:

“Despite past assurances that the situation would improve, these appalling figures reveal all too clearly the Welsh Government’s failure to tackle the problem. People are still having to wait far too long for a response to an urgent call. When someone dials 999 they should be confident that they will receive medical attention within minutes – a swift response can in some cases mean the difference between life and death.

“I will again be urging the Welsh Government to address this very serious issue.”