Welsh Conservatives launch ‘Invest Wales’

Welsh Conservatives today launched ambitious proposals to help small businesses access finance.The current economic climate and worsening credit conditions have made it increasingly difficult for many small and medium-sized businesses to access the funding they need.

North Wales ‘sentenced to NHS reform’

Welsh Conservatives have vowed to continue fighting plans to close community health services and axe neonatal care in North Wales.Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has today rubber-stamped major changes put forward for consultation, despite significant opposition.

Faith in trade missions must be restored

As the First Minister undertakes the first of the Welsh Government’s 16 proposed trade missions in 2013, Welsh Conservatives have called on him to deliver for Wales.Yesterday, the First Minister travelled to Turkey in the first of six trips that he will personally undertake this year.  He will also travel to Ireland this month, San Francisco in February, New York in March, Japan in June and India in October.

NHS change: "Listen to North Wales and don't downgrade"

The Shadow Minister for Health has appealed to NHS management to listen carefully to the people of North Wales before making final decisions on reorganisation. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is due to meet and decide on plans for change tomorrow.

Final plea to retain neonatal care in North Wales

A North Wales Assembly Member will today make a final plea for health bosses to keep neonatal care in the region. In a short debate in the Assembly, Antoinette Sandbach will highlight the potential impact of the plans and the threat posed to patients and their families.

NHS proposals steamrollered through

Welsh Conservatives have condemned a decision to push ahead with major NHS reform in mid and west Wales. In a Hywel Dda health board meeting today, proposals to downgrade services, cut bed numbers, close minor injury units and make significant changes to paediatrics were rubber-stamped.

D-Day for West Wales healthcare

Welsh Conservatives have reaffirmed their opposition to hospital downgrades, cuts in the number of hospital beds and community service closures, ahead of Hywel Dda local health board’s decisions on reconfiguration. Confirmation of proposals to change the way services are delivered in west Wales are expected tomorrow. North Wales is due to follow later this week.

Debating the nationalisation of Cardiff Airport

Shortly before Christmas the Welsh Government announced its intention to nationalise Cardiff Airport. Welsh Conservatives brought a debate on the controversial decision to the National Assembly on January 9th. You can see some highlights here....

Second Tenovus Mobile Cancer Unit backed

Commenting on the decision of the Welsh Government to contribute £180,000 towards the cost of a second Mobile Cancer Support Unit for Tenovus, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said:“This is a welcome contribution to a very worthwhile cause, which will help Tenovus to expand the excellent care and chemotherapy and lymphedema treatment they already provide to patients across Wales.

Wales’ overseas tourism potential untapped

The Welsh Labour Government has axed all marketing of Wales in two of the very few countries in the world which have direct transport links to Wales, it emerged today.In 2008-09 the Welsh Government spent £121,000 promoting Wales to tourists in Spain and Ireland, yet not a penny has been spent in either country since 2010.