Jones admits business support is at ‘a low level’

The First Minister has admitted financial support for businesses from the Welsh Labour Government is currently at ‘a low level’. When challenged by the Acting Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly, Paul Davies AM, Carwyn Jones could not give an exact figure for financial support under the Economic Renewal Programme (ERP).

Protection from abuse and violence for NHS staff

Commenting on figures uncovered by BBC Wales revealing a rise in the number of prosecutions against people who verbally and physically abuse NHS staff, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said: “These alarming figures revealing the extent of abuse and violence in the NHS will worry patients, staff and their families."

Millar response to hospital 'overcrowding concerns'

Responding to figures obtained by BBC Wales - showing ‘some Welsh hospitals have become routinely overcrowded, with high bed occupancy rates’ - Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said: “These statistics provide us with further evidence that the NHS here in Wales is at breaking point."

Huge increase in wait for care homes

The number of patients waiting for care home places has risen significantly over the last three years. In April 2007, 11 people were being cared for in mental health facilities and hospitals while awaiting care home availability. In April 2011 that figure had risen to 67; a rise of over 500 per cent. 

Spanish property investment warning

As Spain's Development Minister launches a campaign to encourage British people to invest in Spanish property, Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne has warned people to beware of its planning laws.

The Development Ministry has launched its Europe-wide campaign in the UK. In 2009 the European Parliament passed a report calling on the Spanish authorities to rethink planning laws. To date, those calls have been ignored.

“Shocking” orthopaedic delays at centre of NHS hold-ups

The number of Welsh patients waiting over 36 weeks for orthopaedic treatment has rocketed from 11 to 4,466 – in 16 months. That’s a rise of 40,500 per cent. The figure accounts for the majority of all patients waiting more than 36 weeks for any kind of treatment. In all, 5,207 people have been on NHS waiting lists for longer than the Welsh Government’s maximum target time.

Labour must rethink NHS cuts

Commenting on claims by the King’s Fund that Wales is facing the deepest cuts of any nation of the UK, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said: “This is further proof that Labour’s plans to cut the health budget will damage our National Health Service and put frontline services at risk." 

Mid Wales united against wind energy hub

Communities from across Mid Wales will unite on the steps of the National Assembly today to make their case against large-scale wind farms and the resulting pylons and electricity substations. It has been proposed that a series of 50 metre high pylons would stretch across Mid Wales, connecting a major electricity substation near Abermule or Cefn Coch in Montgomeryshire, to the National Grid.

Cardiac waiting times soar

The number of patients waiting to start cardiac treatment in Wales has risen by more than 30 per cent since December 2009. There are now 13,613 patients waiting – more than a hundred of which have been on lists for more than nine months. The figures have been highlighted by the Welsh Conservatives on the day Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said waiting times should not be allowed “to slip”.