“Troubling” NHS safety alert compliance

Commenting on a report by Action against Medical Accidents – which found every Welsh health board is failing to fully comply with safety alerts – Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said: “This report makes for very troubling reading. Patients have a right to feel 100 per cent safe and comfortable in the hands of the NHS."

Uncollected Council Tax bill hits £81million

Accumulated unpaid Council Taxes in Wales have reached £81million as figures published today reveal the amount Welsh Councils are losing through unpaid bills. In 2010-11 Welsh local authorities missed out on £37million due to uncollected Council Taxes, with the average collection rate at 96.6%.

Labour’s tuition fee subsidy plans unravelling

Commenting on the decision of the Education Minister to reject bids by Welsh universities to charge £9,000, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: “This unaffordable and ill-considered policy is rapidly unravelling."

“Appalling” hospital treatment of older people

Welsh Conservatives have called for a “significant” and “urgent” improvement in the hospital treatment of older people in Wales. The call – on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - follows the publication of a report by the Older People’s Commissioner, and has come during the group’s Opposition Debate in the Senedd.

Minister blanks university funding talks

The Welsh Labour Government is failing to work with the Higher Education sector in developing its student funding policies according to information obtained by the Welsh Conservatives. The Education Minister has met with only two Vice-Chancellors of Welsh Higher Education Institutions since announcing his controversial university funding plans over six months ago, while both the Minister and his officials have turned down requests for meetings.

Carwyn’s legislative statement is a blank sheet of paper

Commenting on the Welsh Labour Government’s postponement of its legislative statement to July, Paul Davies AM, Acting Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly, said: “Barely six weeks into a new Assembly term it has already become apparent that after 12 years this Welsh Labour Government is tired and out of ideas.

Jones admits business support is at ‘a low level’

The First Minister has admitted financial support for businesses from the Welsh Labour Government is currently at ‘a low level’. When challenged by the Acting Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly, Paul Davies AM, Carwyn Jones could not give an exact figure for financial support under the Economic Renewal Programme (ERP).

Protection from abuse and violence for NHS staff

Commenting on figures uncovered by BBC Wales revealing a rise in the number of prosecutions against people who verbally and physically abuse NHS staff, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said: “These alarming figures revealing the extent of abuse and violence in the NHS will worry patients, staff and their families."

Millar response to hospital 'overcrowding concerns'

Responding to figures obtained by BBC Wales - showing ‘some Welsh hospitals have become routinely overcrowded, with high bed occupancy rates’ - Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said: “These statistics provide us with further evidence that the NHS here in Wales is at breaking point."

Huge increase in wait for care homes

The number of patients waiting for care home places has risen significantly over the last three years. In April 2007, 11 people were being cared for in mental health facilities and hospitals while awaiting care home availability. In April 2011 that figure had risen to 67; a rise of over 500 per cent.