Call for review into PTSD treatment for veterans

Welsh Conservatives will today call for a comprehensive review of the progress made in improving treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder for military veterans. The group’s opposition debate will highlight the tragic case of L/Sgt Dan Collins, the 29 year old who was found hanged on New Year's Day in a Pembrokeshire quarry. During his time in Afghanistan, Dan Collins was shot twice and lost two close friends. 

Labour quizzed on Carwyn’s cronies

The Labour First Minister revealed today that the Welsh Government is currently examining funding for other organisations to establish if there are more ‘Awemas’.

Rise in bed blocking must be addressed

Commenting on today’s publication of new government statistics, which show a nine per cent rise in the total number of patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care, Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, said: “Like overlong waiting times, bed blocking is an on-going problem under Labour that shows no sign of going away."

WDA abolition 'a backward step'

Commenting on the publication of the report by the Welsh Affairs Select Committee on inward investment, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology & Science, said: “Abolishing a globally-recognised brand like the WDA and expecting the Welsh Government to fulfil the same skills needs in-house was naïve."

New Assembly group policy director

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has appointed Suzy Davies as the group’s new policy director. The South Wales West Assembly Member replaces David Melding, who held the position for ten years.

Back to drawing board on banding

Commenting on the announcement from the Labour Education Minister that primary school banding will be delayed until 2014, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: “I welcome the Minister’s decision to take his primary school banding plans back to the drawing board."

Awema update shirks accountability

Commenting on the Finance Minister’s update on the Awema fiasco, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly Andrew RT Davies AM, said: “Another statement, another example of accountability shirked by the Labour government. This statement should have been made in the chamber, with questions from all parties to follow."

35% rise in assaults on teachers

The number of violent attacks on teachers has risen by over a third over the past three years, according to figures released by the Welsh Conservatives today.The number of assaults on teachers rose by as much as 50% in some local authorities including Swansea, Blaenau Gwent and Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Excessive NHS Viagra bill

Welsh Conservatives have questioned the ‘excessive’ cost to the NHS of erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra. According to figures obtained by Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar AM, there was a 59 per cent rise in the cost of the drugs between 2006/07 and 2010/11; from 4.6 million pounds to 7.3 million.

'Time to act' on Cardiff-New York air link

Welsh Conservatives have called for renewed government efforts to assist in the creation of a direct Cardiff-New York air route. Shadow Minister for Transport, Byron Davies AM, has written to the minister asking what direct action will be taken in the coming weeks and months.