Quality of life in care homes review backed

Commenting on the news that the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, is to launch a review into the quality of life and care of older people in care homes in Wales, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Older People, said

Put Prince Charles’ investiture regalia on show

A Welsh Conservative Assembly Member today called for the Prince of Wales’ regalia, used in his 1969 investiture at Caernarfon Castle, to be put on show in Wales. Known as the Honours of the Principality of Wales, the rod, ring and sword were originally designed for the 1911 investiture of the Prince of Wales (who became King Edward VIII) and were used again for Prince Charles’ 1969 investiture.

NHS priorities fail to address cancer concerns

Commenting on the publication of health service priorities for 2013/14 – by NHS Wales’ Chief Executive – Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said: “While I am pleased to see many Welsh Conservative calls heeded by NHS bosses, cancer patients and their families will sadly be left wanting."

Ambulance changes must deliver

Commenting on the Health Minister’s publication of his ‘first set of decisions’ following the latest review into the Welsh Ambulance Service, Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar AM, said: “I welcome these proposed changes and Welsh Conservatives will be carefully monitoring their implementation over the coming months."

Horsemeat response review welcome

Commenting on the Natural Resources Minister’s announcement of a ‘review of the response made to the horsemeat incidents by all the relevant Welsh authorities’, Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs Antoinette Sandbach AM said: “Welsh Labour Ministers were extremely slow off the mark when the horsemeat scandal broke and this review is very welcome."

Cancer patients are still waiting too long

Figures published this morning show the proportion of patients with suspected cancer starting treatment within two months of diagnosis has hit its lowest rate for over five years. The Welsh Government target is for 95% of patients to begin treatment within 62 days, but the figure for January – March 2013 is just 83.6%.

The £21 million 'Business Ghost Town'

The Welsh Government has spent 21 million pounds on a North Wales business park that currently stands dormant and unoccupied. Figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives show Anglesey’s ‘Parc Cybi’ has received significant public investment since the site was purchased in 2006 – but is yet to play host to a single business.