North Wales ward closure: More evidence of the need for a Keogh-style inquiry

Commenting on the north Wales health board’s decision to close a mental health ward within the Ablett Unit in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, following concerns over the quality and safety of patient care, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, said: “This is more clear evidence of the need for an independent Keogh-style inquiry into standards of patient care within the Welsh NHS."

Foreign language learning halved in 7 years

Welsh Conservatives have uncovered figures showing the study of modern foreign languages in Further Education colleges and schools has halved in the past seven years, with the study of some languages down by two thirds.

Leader's End of Year Message

A New Year. A New Start.  In 2014, Carwyn Jones and Welsh Labour must dust off our economic levers, end the crisis in public services, and put Wales back in the global driving seat.

'Worrying slip' in ambulance response times

Commenting on a drop in the performance of ambulance response times to‘Category A’ – or life-threatening - 999 calls, and the Labour government’s failure to reach its own target again following success in the last set of figures, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said: “Sadly, it's back to missed response times targets and last month’s achievement now looks like a blip."

Call for Assembly scrutiny of Welsh rugby financing

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has written to the Chair of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee calling for an independent inquiry into the future of Welsh regional rugby governance and financing.

Leader welcomes draft Wales Bill

Commenting on today’s publication of the draft Wales Bill – which will enable devolved governance in Wales to become more accountable – Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies AM, said: “The publication of this Bill is both hugely welcome and enormously significant."

'Unacceptable' A and E vacancy figures

Commenting on figures obtained by the BBC – which show 13 per cent of staff positions within Welsh emergency departments are either vacant or filled by temps – Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said:   “These unacceptable figures lay bare the true scale of Labour’s failure to recruit NHS staff."

Joint statement on income tax

The two most senior Conservatives in Wales, David Jones and Andrew RT Davies, have today confirmed their commitment to a low-tax Welsh economy.