NHS waiting times remain stagnant

Commenting on the release of new figures which show the Welsh Government missed its 36 week waiting time target in October, Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, said: “Month after month this target is missed. Month after month the government sits back and does nothing." 

Confused and complex school banding system

Responding to the Welsh Labour Government’s publication of new bandings for secondary schools, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: “While accessible information on standards in our schools has the potential to be a valuable tool for parents, the Minister’s current plans are not comprehensive and rank schools partly based on factors totally out of their control."

Shocking WJEC allegations put sector in spotlight

Commenting on newspaper reports making allegations of rule-breaking at Welsh examination board, WJEC, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: “These are shocking allegations, which raise yet more concerns about a lack of rigour in the education system in Wales."

Glaring omissions in transport plan

Commenting on the Local Government Minister’s four year transport plan, Shadow Minister for Transport Byron Davies AM, said:  “There are some glaring omissions from this plan that beggar belief. “I am astounded at the lack of any vision for the M4. While ongoing commitments may be acknowledged, this cannot be a comprehensive strategy that talks of east-west routes and economic growth when it fails to properly deal with our only motorway."

Cheryl Gillan named MP of the Year

CONSERVATIVE Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl has been named MP of the Year in the annual Welsh Politician of the Year awards.  Mrs Gillan was praised by judges for her work in successfully delivering the referendum on further powers for the National Assembly, securing electrification of the Great Western Main Line from London to Cardiff, and for implementing the Silk Commission on devolution funding and accountability.

Urgent cancer target missed again

Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, has criticised new figures showing the 62 day target for treating urgent cancer cases has been missed again. 89 per cent of patients started treatment within that timeframe during the last quarter. The target is 95 per cent.

Carwyn Jones: the proverbial bad workman

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has branded the First Minister ‘the proverbial bad workman’ who persists in ‘blaming his tools’. Andrew RT Davies AM has highlighted comments from Carwyn Jones last year, in which he claimed ‘the point about [the referendum in] March is it’s about the tools for the job’.

Statement on Chirk job losses

Commenting on reports of job losses at Kraft in Chirk, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology & Science, said: “Just weeks before Christmas, this is devastating news for the employees affected and their families."

NHS ignored in final budget

Welsh Conservatives have reaffirmed their opposition to the Welsh Labour Government’s spending plans, ahead of Tuesday’s debate. The group will vote against the motion to approve the final budget. Labour’s financial plans – supported by the Welsh Liberal Democrats – will cut 75 million pounds from the NHS in 2012/13 alone.