Jonathan Evans MP, Chairman of the Welsh Conservative Party, has warmly welcomed the appointment of the Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP as the new Secretary of State for Wales.
Commenting on the Welsh Government’s decision to adopt the ‘black route’ when moving ahead with M4 relief – Welsh Conservative Minister for Transport, Byron Davies AM, said:
“A long time coming, today’s announcement at least shows progress and willing – finally."
Welsh Conservatives have called on Labour ministers to ‘finally’ act on Ann Clwyd’s worrying NHS concerns.
The senior Labour MP – who has undertaken an investigation into NHS complaints and raised worries over standards of care within the health service – today again suggested her support for a Keogh-style inquiry in Wales.
Commenting on the publication of Professor Stephen Palmer’s review of the use of risk adjusted mortality data in NHS Wales – which concludes, in the Health Minister’s words, that RAMI is ‘not a meaningful measure of quality’ – Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:
“Last year Labour Ministers were telling us that hospital death rates were smoke alarms in the Welsh NHS to alert us to potential problems."
Commenting on reports that the future of the University of South Wales’ Caerleon campus may be in doubt, contrary to Welsh Labour’s manifesto pledge not to close any campuses, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:
Six years after NICE recommended a new screening test for Down’s syndrome on the Welsh NHS, it is not accessible to the majority of Welsh patients.
Commenting on the Welsh Government’s publication of further details relating to the delivery of ‘prudent healthcare in Wales’, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:
“Much of the detail within Labour’s ‘prudent healthcare’ is common sense. But it will only work in the long-term if Labour gets the NHS it manages back on track."
Labour’s First Minister must explain how his newly appointed Minister for Almost Everything intends to manage her bulging portfolio and how splitting agriculture and environment will benefit communities – or risk trust being lost in his government.
That’s the call from Welsh Conservatives – who have raised questions over one of the largest and most varied ministerial portfolios in 15 years of the National Assembly."
Commenting on the warning from Age Cymru that thousands of families in Wales risk missing out on reclaiming wrongly paid care home fees because the Welsh Government failed to adequately promote the deadline for claims to the NHS, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said:
Commenting on a High Court decision to dismiss a legal challenge made by Hywel Dda reorganisation campaigners – Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies, said:
“This is a disappointing decision which does not signal the end of our fight against Labour’s devastating plans."