Doctors in south Wales ‘scared to come to work’ over safety fears

Staff at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board hospitals report being ‘close to total burnout’ Doctors at a Welsh health board described being “scared to come to work” due to serious concerns over patient safety, according to a report by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). The report, seen by the Guardian, highlighted an “unsafe culture” […]

Wales is in my bones, but I probably won’t be going back | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Though the Welsh government’s drive to stop young people leaving is admirable, some of the main ‘push factors’ still apply I grew up in Wales and consider myself Welsh, but I have lived in London – my birthplace – for 18 years, more than half my life. If you include periods spent living in France […]

More than 1,400 firms went bust last month in England and Wales, figures show

Highest level since March 2020 amid predictions that end of government support could lead to surge of insolvencies The number of businesses going bust in England and Wales jumped last month to its highest level since the start of the pandemic, as experts predicted that the end of government support for indebted firms would lead […]

Wales and Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks diagnosed with cancer

Brooks to begin treatment for stage two Hodgkin lymphoma Statement from player says ‘prognosis is positive’ David Brooks has thanked medical staff at the Football Association of Wales for detecting his stage two Hodgkin Lymphoma at an early stage, with the Bournemouth midfielder hopeful he can make a full recovery after he begins treatment next […]

Reported hate crimes in England and Wales up 9% since start of pandemic

Home Office report shows that more than 70% of the 124,091 recorded incidents were racially motivated Reported hate crimes have risen by 9% to a record number of more than 124,000 across England and Wales since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to official figures. Racially motivated crimes, which are nearly three-quarters of the […]

Kieffer Moore fires Wales to win over Estonia to boost World Cup play-off bid

Wales pointed to their wastefulness in front of goal as a major factor in their failure to yield victory in their previous two qualifiers but in Estonia they had to be grateful for their opponents’ profligacy, with Kieffer Moore’s first-half tap-in enough to take victory in Tallinn. It was a much-needed win but they lost […]

Covid live news: Wales to keep home working and mandatory masks until 2022; Australia planning to allow international travel

Welsh first minister expects Covid measures to continue until next year; Australia’s PM planning to fast-track international travel See all our coronavirus coverage Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the man regarded as the “father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb”, has died aged 85 after being hospitalised with Covid-19, the BBC reports. Khan was hailed as a national […]

Two-fifths of police forces in England and Wales lack rape units

Exclusive: campaigners concerned after FoI revelation that 17 forces do not have specialist Rasso units At least two-fifths of police forces in England and Wales do not have specialist rape and serious sexual offence (Rasso) units, the Guardian can reveal. Campaigners against gender-based violence said the lack of such units was deeply worrying at at […]

James spares Ward’s blushes and earns Wales point in Czech Republic

For Wales, this was a case of the good, the bad and the ugly. Aaron Ramsey showed great composure to open the scoring with an exquisite finish but Wales allowed the Czech Republic to get a leg-up when Danny Ward’s lapse allowed Ramsey’s pass to end up in the back of the goalkeeper’s net. Daniel […]

Wales draws up emergency Covid plan to stop NHS being overwhelmed

‘Urgent’ plan could mean restrictions – but government says most likely scenario is country will remain at alert level 0 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Welsh government has drawn up a “Covid urgent” plan designed to deal with any new coronavirus crisis that threatens to overwhelm the NHS this autumn […]

Wales to press ahead with Covid pass plans despite calls to re-run vote

Representatives of clubs and bars want fresh poll after Tory member could not vote due to Zoom issue Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Welsh government will press ahead with the introduction of a Covid pass for nightclubs and big sporting events despite only getting its policy through the Senedd because […]

Jail terms of 20+ years ‘quadruple’ in England and Wales over past decade

Exclusive: Prison Reform Trust also finds time spent in custody for serious crimes has risen The number of people sentenced to more than 20 years in prison has quadrupled over the last decade, figures have shown. Given the increase in average tariff lengths handed down by courts, this figure is expected to continue to rise […]

‘I was surprised every day’: Welsh mountain runner’s 189-peak challenge

Will Renwick set to complete three-week, 500-mile journey across Wales – after nearly giving up on day two He has survived injury, isolation and an awful lot of drenching, bone-chilling rain, and now Will Renwick is on the point of completing an extraordinary run across Wales, taking in 189 mountain peaks. Unsupported, carrying his tent […]

Wales honours Betty Campbell, country’s first black headteacher

Cardiff pays tribute to woman who became a model for best practice in equality and multicultural education She was a pioneer and a rule-breaker, an educator, community leader and race relations campaigner who met Nelson Mandela and rubbed shoulders with royalty – but always had time to call out the bingo numbers at a local […]

Stop, look and listen: artists’ startling responses to the climate crisis

Dorset’s Inside Out festival brought audiences closer to nature with rock star-guided rambles, dirt-digging dances and a globe suspended in woodland Have you held a seashell to your ear, imagined the sound of the ocean and felt closer to nature for a few seconds? In Geophonic, a new outdoor performance about deep earth processes, theatre-maker […]

Jason Mohammad ‘angry’ at lack of help 30 years after Cardiff riots

Residents of one of Wales’s most deprived areas tell BBC host stigma remains from 1991 disturbances The BBC sports presenter Jason Mohammad has voiced anger at a lack of government help for the Ely estate in Cardiff where he grew up, 30 years after the so-called bread riots erupted in the area. Mohammad, who fronts […]

Fluoride will be added to UK drinking water to cut tooth decay

Chief medical officers cite estimates that more mineral in water would reduce cavities by 28% among poorest children Fluoride is expected to be added to drinking water across the country after Britain’s chief medical officers concluded that the mineral would cut tooth decay. Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, and his counterparts in […]

The Guardian view on Labour’s voting plans: empower an electorate | Editorial

Sir Keir Starmer ought to be in the business of dispersing power by pushing for more democracy, not less In Britain, there has been a modern trend to make democracy more democratic. The devolved legislatures set up in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales use proportional electoral systems to reflect their distinctive politics. In England and […]

Go south of Snowdon to find peaceful walks away from the crowds

Magnificent valleys, lookouts and rivers to stroll alongside add to the tranquillity in a quieter part of Snowdonia national park As I come to the summit cairn, I am in for a shock. There is another human being. We chat for a minute and then he sets off down the ridge. Now I have the […]

Tory donor John Booth appointed chair of National Gallery

Role will alarm those who accuse Boris Johnson’s government of stacking cultural institutions with supporters A venture capital investor who donated more than £200,000 to the Tory party in 2017 has been appointed chair of the National Gallery. John Booth will succeed Tony Hall, the former director general of the BBC who stood down as […]

Prince Charles ‘cash-for-honours’ scandal grows with fresh allegations

Prince reportedly ‘met at least nine times’ with William Bortrick, the alleged fixer at heart of the claims Clarence House is facing fresh questions over further revelations in the royal “cash-for-honours” scandal involving middlemen who reportedly took cuts for setting up meetings between wealthy donors and the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles “met at least […]

Wales to require NHS Covid passes to attend nightclubs and events

Enforcement of mask rules on public transport to be stepped up as coronavirus cases rise Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People in Wales will have to show an NHS Covid pass to enter nightclubs and attend many events including big football and rugby matches from next month, the first minister has […]

Tell us about your experiences of Clare’s Law and reporting domestic violence to the police

We would like to hear about your experiences of reporting domestic violence or enquiring about a partner’s violent history A review has found that a scheme designed to protect women from new partners with a history of violence, Clare’s Law, has been inconsistently used across England and Wales. A police watchdog has warned that the […]

Dinosaurs, popes and mathematicians from Wales – take the Thursday quiz

Fourteen questions on general knowledge and topical trivia plus a few jokes every Thursday – how will you fare? The quiz master is on holiday, but earlier this morning a canister containing 14 vaguely topical and general knowledge questions was air-dropped by drone into the Guardian’s offices. There’s a hidden Doctor Who reference to find […]

UK teachers and parents: how is the autumn school term going so far?

We would like to know how teachers and parents in the UK feel about the autumn term after returning to the classroom We would like to hear from teachers and parents across the UK about how the autumn school term is going so far after pupils returned to the classroom in recent weeks. Schools in […]

No criminal inquiry into Martin Bashir’s Diana interview, say police

Met makes announcement after looking at Lord Dyson’s report into 1995 interview with royal The Metropolitan police will not launch a criminal investigation into the then BBC journalist Martin Bashir’s 1995 interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, the force has announced. The decision was made after examining Lord Dyson’s report into the controversial documentary, which […]

‘It seemed to capture a wave’: How the Boo Radleys made Wake Up Boo!

‘Martin wrote the song while watching The Big Breakfast on acid. Then, when we recorded the song in Wales, there was a night when some sheep got painted blue’ When we started in Wirral in 1988, we really loved the pop charts, Top of the Pops and the Beatles, but when we actually picked up […]

Wales left frustrated after Gareth Bale and company fail to best Estonia

What, on paper, should have been Wales’s easiest game of their World Cup qualifying campaign turned into a taxing assignment as they were held 0-0 at home to Estonia. Gareth Bale and Ethan Ampadu struck the woodwork late on but Wales plateaued to allow the visitors to pick up their first point. Robert Page prowled […]

Sewage discharge rules eased over fears of chemical shortage

Wastewater plants in England and Wales offered waiver because of impact of lorry driver crisis Sewage treatment chemicals have been added to the growing list of products in short supply because of the UK’s chronic lorry driver shortage, it has emerged. The government has told wastewater plants in England and Wales they may be able […]