Labour to blame for North Wales surgery shutdown

Commenting on Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s decision to postpone all routine planned surgery across North Wales this week, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, said:   “This is an extremely worrying shutdown that communities across North Wales simply don’t deserve."

Williams Commission statement

Commenting on this morning’s publication of the Williams Commission and its recommendations for the future structure of local government in Wales, Janet Finch-Saunders AM, Shadow Minister for Local Government, said:

Swift changes needed to Labour’s community-led energy scheme

Commenting on the publication of the mid-term evaluation of the Labour government’s Ynni’r Fro programme - which recommends changes to improve the community-led renewable energy scheme - Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Environment Russell George AM, said:   “Welsh Conservatives have long raised concerns over the success and leadership of this scheme."

NEETs continue to rise under Labour

Commenting on new figures published this morning showing a further rise in the number of 19-24 year olds in Wales who are not in employment, education or training, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: "These latest figures show that under Labour, almost a fifth of 19 to 24 year olds are economically inactive and are also missing out on the chance to gain vital work-based skills.

'Prudent healthcare' must not mean rationing services

Commenting on the Labour Health Minister’s speech to the NHS Confederation conference – and the launch of his ‘prudent healthcare’ proposals – Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said:   “Patients should be entitled to timely treatment in accordance with their clinical needs and to suggest otherwise is very concerning."

Labour wrong to deny cancer drugs postcode lottery

Documents from the latest meeting of the Welsh Government’s own medicines appraisal body, the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group, have revealed concerns about Welsh patients losing out due to Labour’s refusal to set up a Cancer Drugs Fund. The Welsh Labour Government has denied the existence of a postcode lottery in access to cancer medicines, but senior clinicians have discussed the implications for the Welsh NHS of England’s Cancer Drugs Fund.

Labour finally acts on credit union funding

Welsh Conservatives today welcomed Labour’s long overdue decision on £1.2million of credit union funding.Labour Ministers have been accused of being ‘desperately slow’ in allocating the money and today’s eventual decision has been branded ‘long overdue’ by two senior Welsh Conservatives.

CAP reform leaves Wales uncompetitive

Commenting on the publication of detailed Welsh Labour changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) – including a transfer of 15 per cent from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2 – Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs Antoinette Sandbach AM, said:   “Any movement on this issue is welcome and I am at least pleased that our farming industry no longer faces prolonged and crippling uncertainty."

CAP funding change condemned

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, Antoinette Sandbach AM, has condemned a Labour Government decision to radically change CAP funding in Wales.