Warm welcome for Ann Clwyd's committee invitation

Welsh Conservatives have welcomed a decision to invite senior Labour MP and NHS campaigner Ann Clwyd to the Assembly’s health and social care committee. Agreement has finally been reached within the committee, following a request for the MP to give evidence during an investigation into NHS complaints.

Queen's Speech welcomed

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech – and the UK Government’s legislative programme for the forthcoming year – Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies AM, said: "Today’s Queen’s Speech is another critical step in the Conservative-led coalition’s plan to secure economic recovery."

The 'real' Programme for Government update

As Labour ministers prepare to publish an annual update on their ‘Programme for Government’, Welsh Conservatives have called for an ‘urgent focus’ on education and health – and a guarantee that more will be done to support business and stimulate the economy.

Labour's 'easier' GP access farce

Despite a key Labour election pledge to boost access to GP surgeries, only 49 practices in Wales offer appointments in the evening and the Welsh Government has no idea how many open on weekends.   That’s according to Labour’s Health Minister, in his response to a request for information from Welsh Conservatives.

Cardiac care concerns must be addressed

Commenting on concerns from the Royal College of Surgeons that there remains ‘substantial work’ to raise standards of cardiac care in Cardiff & Vale University Health Board and that the College ‘remains concerned’ about access to cardiac surgery, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said:

Labour's ambulance targets missed yet again

Commenting on figures published this morning showing Labour’s ambulance response time target has been missed for the 21st time in 22 months, with just 56.7% of ambulances responding to an immediately life-threatening call within eight minutes, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services, said:

Ambulance stats: 28,000 first responses take over one hour

Welsh Conservatives have highlighted new figures showing more than 28,000 999 calls took over an hour to receive a ‘first response’ from the Welsh ambulance service last year. According to the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, almost 400 incidents categorised as ‘assault/sexual assault’ did not receive a first response within 60 minutes, along with eight ‘stab/gunshot’ cases, and 736 incidents of ‘overdose’ or ‘poisoning’.

Cancer treatement delays: Shameful performance 'requires explanation'

As new figures show cancer waiting time targets have been missed again, Welsh Conservatives have called on Labour ministers to explain six years of delays – and detail exactly how improvements will be made. The Labour government’s own target calls for 95 per cent of patients diagnosed via the ‘urgent suspected cancer route’ to be treated within 62 days.

Welsh is a life skill not another subject

Commenting on the Welsh Labour Government’s response to a review of school provision for Welsh as a second language, Suzy Davies AM, Shadow Minister for the Welsh Language, said: