Welsh LHB has UK’s highest midwife-birth ratio

Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board has the highest midwife-birth ratio in the UK, according to figures published by the BBC Panorama programme.The Royal College of Midwives recommends that to maintain safety and quality of care there should be no more than 28 births to each midwife.  The ratio in Aneurin Bevan LHB is 46.7, well above the recommended safe level and the highest of any LHB or hospital trust in the UK.

Welsh Ministers failed to lobby for Welsh Olympic role

Commenting on Carwyn Jones’ expression of disappointment at the limited role for Wales in the 2012 Olympics, Mohammad Asghar AM, Shadow Minister for Equalities and Sport, said: “This is an admission that the Welsh Labour Government failed to effectively lobby for a prominent role for Welsh businesses and sports venues in the world’s biggest sporting event.

40% of social services staff not ‘qualified’

More than 10,000 social services staff members in Wales have not achieved the ‘required or recommended’ level of training. Only 60% of those working in the sector are classed as ‘qualified’ in the Welsh government’s own statistics database.

A&E wait remains outside target

Waiting time targets in A & E departments are still being missed, according to latest figures. The targets – that 95 per cent of patients are seen within four hours and 99 per cent within eight hours – have not been met once in the last three years.

New Leader visits Sharp solar panel factory

The new Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has visited Sharp, in Wrexham, on his first official engagement. Andrew RT Davies AM has toured the factory and met staff.

Legislative plans miss economic opportunity

Commenting on the Welsh Labour Government’s legislative programme, Paul Davies AM, Acting Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly, said: “What is lacking in this statement is a clear strategy to stimulate the Welsh economy by encouraging entrepreneurship and helping small businesses to expand and create jobs."

Clarity needed on changes to widen HE access

Commenting on the announcement that almost all Welsh universities will charge the full £9,000 maximum tuition fee, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: “Subsiding students from Wales and across the EU to the maximum fee of £9,000 represents an increasingly uncertain financial commitment for the public purse."