Freebies policy fuelling prescriptions hike

Labour’s free prescriptions policy has driven a rise of 58% in dispensed medicines in the past 10 years, Welsh Conservatives claimed today.Figures published this morning reveal that Wales now has the highest number of prescriptions dispensed per person – 24.0 compared to 18.4 in England and 18.3 in Scotland.

Ambulance performance slides

Commenting on the publication of July’s ambulance response times – which show the all-Wales target of 65 per cent of Category A calls answered within eight minutes, has not been met – Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said: “This is more proof that Labour’s record-breaking cuts to the health budget are putting immense strain on resources."

Policy made in the dark on Marine Conservation Zones

Welsh Conservatives have learnt that the Labour Environment Minister has not made a single visit to any of his proposed Marine Conservation Zones.Last month, the Welsh Labour Government closed its controversial consultation on the establishment of ten new zones in West and North Wales, which would have special restrictions on activities such as fishing and dredging.

Cancer waiting time targets missed

Figures, published this morning, show that waiting time targets for urgent cases of suspected cancer have been missed again.89% of patients started treatment within the target timeframe of 62 days in the three months to June 2012.  The 95% target has not been met once since Carwyn Jones became First Minister in 2009.

Extra £1.6Million to meet care claim deadline

The Welsh Government has agreed to almost double the budget for dealing with the backlog in retrospective care claims, after concerns were raised about the deadline being missed.The Welsh Government set a timescale for all 2,512 cases to be completed by June 2014.

No evidence of enforcement in Welsh waters

The Welsh Government holds no information on the enforcement of Welsh waters, it was revealed today.Welsh Government Marine Enforcement Officers have the power to prosecute where necessary to ensure compliance with regulations to ensure fishing off the Welsh coast is undertaken in a sustainable manner.

36% rise in deaths on Welsh roads

Commenting on new figures showing a rise of 36% in the number of deaths on Welsh roads from 2010 to 2011, Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport said: “Every loss of life on Welsh roads is a devastating and unnecessary tragedy for the victim’s family and friends.

NHS spends £35million on agency staff in North Wales

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has spent over £35million employing agency staff in the NHS over the past two years, the Welsh Conservatives revealed today. Spending on agency, locum and other temporary staff rose by 8% last year alone, according to figures unearthed by Assembly Member for Aberconwy, Janet Finch-Saunders.

£1.25million on taxpayer-funded pilgrims slammed

Figures uncovered by the Welsh Conservatives reveal that the Welsh Labour Government has spent more than £1.25million employing staff to work on trade union activities in the last two years. The revelations, revealed by South East Wales Assembly Member Mohammad Asghar, show how 91 Welsh Government employees undertake full or part-time trade union duties at the taxpayer’s expense.