No end to NHS waiting times fiasco

Commenting on the latest NHS waiting times – published today, and covering March this year – which show more than 10,000 people had been waiting over nine months for treatment by the end of that month, and 22,897 had been waiting more than 8 weeks for ‘specified diagnostic services’, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, said: "Another month - another glaring example of Labour failure on our NHS. There appears to be no end to this waiting times fiasco."

Business rate concerns debated in Senedd

The concerns of small businesses over exorbitant business rates and demands for reform, raised yesterday in a letter to the First Minister, were debated in the Assembly Chamber today.

Labour scrapping more targets it can’t meet

Responding to the Welsh Labour Government’s confirmation of a new performance measure for cancer services, which could be set to replace its current targets, which have not been met since 2008, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minister, said:

Labour’s banding meaningless and confusing

Commenting on the news that the Welsh Labour Government will introduce a revised school banding system for secondary schools and a new grading system for primary schools in autumn 2014, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Education Minister, said:

Labour continue to reject death rate inquiry

Carwyn Jones today again rejected calls for an independent inquiry into high death rates in Welsh hospitals, after health campaigners urged Ed Miliband to raise their concerns with the Labour First Minister.

999 service must be used responsibly

Commenting on reports that one single property in North Wales dialled 999 for an ambulance 290 times last year, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services, said:

U-turn on home education register is common sense

Commenting on the Welsh Government’s decision not to introduce a compulsory register and monitoring scheme for parents who educate their children at home and to issue non-statutory guidance instead, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:

Welsh businesses call for business rate relief extension

70 leading Welsh businesses and chambers of commerce have jointly signed a letter to the Labour First Minister Carwyn Jones calling on him to extend the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme to effectively abolish business rates on rateable values up to £12,000.

Cancer patients in England 7 times more likely to access meds

Commenting on the conclusion of research into the effects of a Cancer Drugs Fund in England, that English patients are up to seven times more likely to be prescribed expensive cancer medicines than patients in Wales, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minister, said: