Cancer treatment times target not met for 5 years

Welsh Conservatives have slammed new waiting time figures which show a target for treating cancer patients urgently referred to hospital has been missed yet again. 84.5 per cent of patients (481 out of 569) newly diagnosed with cancer via the ‘Urgent Suspected Cancer route’ started definitive treatment within the target time of 62 days, according to figures for July.

15 months of missed ambulance targets

Welsh Conservatives today questioned the Welsh Government’s commitment to meeting ambulance response time targets as figures published today showed the category A target has been missed for the 15th consecutive month. Yesterday, during First Minister’s Questions the First Minister questioned the ‘clinical evidence’ for the eight minute target in responding to immediately life-threatening calls.

Miliband defends Labour's record-breaking NHS budget cuts

Commenting on reports that Ed Miliband has defended Labour’s management of the Welsh NHS, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said:   “Ed Miliband is defending the indefensible.   “Labour in Wales has cut the Welsh NHS by over £800million in real terms over five years and frontline services and waiting lists are getting worse as a result."

Welsh MEP joins biotech judging panel

Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne has been sitting down with leaders in Europe's biotech field to choose the top five candidates to compete in this year's EuropaBio Most Innovative EU Biotech SME Award.

Mid Wales pylons: First Minister's deafening and shameful silence

As the National Grid publishes further details of its plans to connect wind farms in mid Wales, Welsh Conservatives have condemned Labour’s First Minister for repeatedly failing to stand up for the region’s communities.   It has now been announced that around one quarter of the pylon route will be underground, leaving three quarters above ground.

Council Tax Consultation: 'Second home' definition required

Commenting on the launch of a Welsh Government consultation on the introduction of additional council tax on second homes, Shadow Minister for Housing Mark Isherwood AM, said: “The housing sector and local communities have been calling for action to head off a crisis for a decade, yet an urgent strategy still remains glaringly absent."

High teacher absence levels are no surprise

Commenting on a joint Wales Audit Office and Estyn report – which highlights an increasing reliance on teaching supply staff and a need to better understand the causes of teacher absence – Shadow Minister for Education Angela Burns AM, said:     “In an education system already floundering dramatically after a decade of Labour rule, this report does not make easy reading."

NHS waiting times at crisis point

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, has described NHS waiting times as being at 'crisis point' as new figures show even more people are now waiting more than 36 weeks for treatment. In all, 416,498 patients were waiting for a hospital appointment across Wales at the end of July. That figure stood at just 227,000 when Carwyn Jones became First Minister in 2009.

Amazon Welsh language decision welcomed

Commenting on a decision by Amazon to introduce Welsh language titles to the Kindle – following West Wales publisher Y Lolfa’s successful petition – Shadow Minister for Culture Suzy Davies AM, who supported the campaign, said:   “At last – common sense has prevailed. I welcome both Amazon’s decision and Y Lolfa’s extremely determined and ultimately successful campaign."